Nursing careers

Nursing careers

When you choose to start or continue your nursing or midwifery career with us, you'll be joining more than 7,500 nurses and midwives providing exceptional care in a supportive work environment.

We offer our nurses and midwives a healthy and engaging environment where you are supported to put patients and clients first and to provide exceptional clinical care. We highly value our nurses and midwives and recognise the vital link they provide between our Mission and the people we serve.

We provide a wide variety of nursing and midwifery job opportunities, in hospitals, in the community and in home care. We also offer further career development options through nursing research participation and our training and development programs.

Explore our nursing opportunities

Nursing in intensive care:

Our Intensive Care Unit nurses are responsible for the provision of a high standard of patient care in a safe and effective manner.

Nursing in intensive care at a St John of God Health Care hospital requires a high level of skill and knowledge so you can provide life-supporting care to some of our most vulnerable, and critically ill patients in a high-pressure environment.

Our intensive care nurses are committed and dedicated to providing exceptional care to their patients in their recovery or, in some situations, providing the best end-of-life care to the patient and support to their loved ones. 

Nursing in critical care intensive care units requires a high level of skill and knowledge, as well as ongoing development so that you can competently support and maintain patient organ function, such as cardiac, respiratory, renal and neurological. 

We offer a senior clinical roles such as clinical nurses and clinical nurse specialists, which practice at an advanced level and provide oversight and contribute to advanced clinical decision making. 

Our nurses provide care at the bedside, or provide leadership through supporting other hospital departments as a nursing subject matter expert.

At St John of God Health Care, we offer our intensive care nurses a varied and exciting career, in addition to financial support to complete formal post-graduate studies in critical care and opportunities for progression into clinical, educational or leadership/management roles.  

Nursing in the Emergency Department:

Our Emergency Department nurses form part of a strong and adaptable emergency team, which provide a high standard of patient care in a safe and effective manner, for all areas of both the adult and paediatric community. 

Nursing in an emergency department at a St John of God Health Care hospital involves treating a diversity of concerns from strains and sprains to more complex and critical life-threatening emergency situations.

Our nurses work in a fast-paced, accelerated environment that requires adapting very quickly to urgent and emergency situations, and thriving on the unpredictability of the department.

Our ED nurses are supported by our medical teams to be able to make quick and skilled clinical decisions in urgent situations fostering a strong alliance between doctors and nurses.

The diverse nature of our emergency departments mean there are a number of areas and roles for nurses, including the general fast-paced department, resuscitation and triage.

Opportunities for leadership roles in both clinical and non-clinical settings are also available to support caregivers, patients and the broader hospital wards and units.

We offer nurses working in our emergency departments a varied and exciting career, with support and mentoring from a multi-disciplinary team and opportunities to progress their career pathway.

Our emergency department nurses, regardless of their experience level, also have the chance to attend emergency medicine courses and study days to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Perioperative nursing:

Our perioperative nurses are responsible for the provision of a high standard of patient care in a safe and effective manner.

Perioperative nursing at a St John of God Health Care hospital encompasses different aspects of the entire patient surgical journey, which is both exciting and extremely rewarding. 

We provide opportunities for nurses to enhance and discover new skills including assisting the anaesthetist in all facets of anaesthesia and assisting in a range of different case mixes including complex surgeries.

Our nurses provide excellent clinical care at all stages of the perioperative journey, from pre-surgery, in theatre and post-surgery.

We offer a big range of opportunities within perioperative nursing, specialising in different aspects of care. 

Some of these roles include, anaesthetic nurse, scrub/scout nurse and recovery, post-anaesthetic nursing.

You also have the chance to specialise your skills, or work in clinical educator roles.

At St John of God Health Care, we offer perioperative nurses a varied and exciting career across a range of specialities.

Our learning and development opportunities provide well-designed training programs to develop the novice nurse into an advanced clinician in the perioperative environment.

You are always supported by a highly skilled team who are passionate about patient-centred care. 


Our midwives are responsible for the provision of a high standard of patient care in a safe and effective manner in our obstetrics wards and in the community.

Being a midwife at a St John of God Health Care hospital is a very rewarding experience. 

Our midwives take time with their patients and their families supporting them through every step of their journey to being a mother and parent. Our midwives are dedicated to providing all aspects of pregnancy, birth and postnatal care in our antenatal clinics and services, on our maternity wards and in birth suites, in addition to care for our babies in our special care nurseries.

Our midwives also provide postnatal care to our patients in their homes.

Roles include:

  • Midwifery roles within the maternity ward
  • Lactation consultants
  • Special care nursery nurses
  • Birth suite midwives
  • Perioperative nursing for Caesarean Sections
  • Parent education specialists
  • Home visiting midwives and lactation consultants

At St John of God Health Care, we offer midwives a varied and exciting career in our maternity wards including regular professional development specific to midwifery. 

Our midwives and obstetricians are collaborative in their approach to caring for their patients. Our midwives acknowledge the challenges of being a new parent and are able to offer additional support to all family members by referral to St John of God Raphael Services – a free service supporting parents through the emotional challenges of early parenthood.

Nursing re-entry:

If you’re looking to re-start your nursing future after a family break or time in another career, please consider St John of God Health Care’s options to support you to become re-registered and ward ready.

We welcome past nurses that are interested in re-registering with AHPRA and considering re-entry nursing pathways.

Our hospitals offer placements in a variety of specialised wards and services, including perioperative, intensive care, critical care, emergency, cancer services, paediatrics and maternity. We also offer casual nursing roles if you want something more flexible.

All of our hospitals offer nursing re-entry for select roles.

Firstly, you’ll need to apply to APHRA to gain your provisional registration. Please note, that certain criteria are imposed upon this provisional approval. 

You will be required to undertake three months of supervised practice (of no less than 450 hours) within six months from the date of registration under the supervision of a registered nurse who has a minimum of 24 months full-time experience and no conditions on their registration.

  • After your successful interview at a St John of God Health Care hospital, you will undertake supervised practice under direct supervision (level 1) for a minimum of the first two (2) weeks or equivalent 75 hours of practice before progressing to indirect supervision (level 2).

  • You’ll then complete a formative assessment by the principal supervisor that assesses your performance against the National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse prior to progressing to indirect supervision (level 2). 

  • Provide the formative assessment report signed by your principal supervisor to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) by no later than one (1) month after commencement of their supervised practice period and then at three-monthly intervals. You cannot engage with an employment agency for the purpose of nurse supervised practice. The NMBA does not allow private practice and practice outside these parameters.

  • Enter into a supervision agreement before your supervision commences and provide the NMBA with a copy of the supervision agreement and these conditions signed by your employer within seven (7) days of commencing supervision. You must also show a copy of these conditions to any future employer and will provide to the NMBA a copy of these conditions signed by the future employer before starting any new employment. 

  • The Supervisor agreement outlines that the caregivers who supervise would need to have at least 24 months experience and be willing to complete the practice plan, formative and summative report so that the Provisionally Registered Nurse is able to submit the documents to APHRA in the appropriate time.

  • The nurse will provide a supervised practice plan signed by the principal supervisor and co-supervisors within 14 days of starting a period of supervised practice for approval by the NMBA or its delegate.

  • The nurse must arrange for completion of a summative assessment by the principal supervisor that assesses the nurse’s performance against the National Competency Standards for the Registered nurse. The nurse must provide the assessment report signed by their principal supervisor and Manager/Director of Nursing or equivalent to the NMBA within 14 days of completing supervised practice.

  • In the event that the nurse changes employer, principal supervisor or practice location you must notify the NMBA of the future details before changes are implemented. 

  • The nurse authorises the NMBA and its delegate to communicate with current and future employers and supervisors in relation to work performance, compliance with these conditions and how these conditions will be accommodated in the workplace. 

  • All costs related to these conditions are the responsibility of the nurse.

Enrolled nurses and midwives have separate templates that are located on the AHPRA website.

Graduate nursing jobs:

Visit graduate nursing jobs to find out more about our graduate nursing and midwifery opportunities.