Nursing careers 2019-07-12T08:51:06+00:00

Nursing careers

Community and Oral Health helps people to improve their wellbeing and independence by providing care close to their home.

We are part of Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS), the largest and most diverse health service in Queensland. We represent one of Australia’s most dynamic nursing workforces, employing more than 3,200 nurses and midwives in clinical, management, education and research roles.

Our team is made up of incredibly brilliant and compassionate nurses. Our vision, mission and values always puts patients first.

Whether starting your nursing career, looking to make a difference or seeking an exciting new challenge, we offer something for everyone.

Services within Community and Oral Health include:

  • rehabilitation (inpatient and outpatient)
  • transitional care residential and community programs
  • interim care for patients who are transitioning from acute hospital care to residential aged care
  • Home Hospital services—community-based services that allow patients to be discharged from hospital and provide care such as intravenous therapy, wound care and assistance with activities of daily living in their home or a local community health centre
  • palliative care
  • chronic disease management
  • diabetes services
  • acquired brain injury rehabilitation and community pathways
  • disability long-term care
  • residential aged-care services.

What we offer

  • Queensland Health award based salary
  • Generous superannuation and salary packaging
  • Formal orientation to Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Community and Oral Health and unit level induction
  • Preceptorship to assist with your transition to a new team and work environment
  • Professional development and diverse career opportunities
  • Transition support programs in all clinical areas
  • Opportunities to transfer between clinical specialties
  • Access to discounted membership and courses through the Australian College of Nursing

Read the full list of benefits of working for MNHHS.

Your career and professional development

We offer diverse career pathways and professional development opportunities to support our nursing workforce on their journey of lifelong learning.

Our research programs support excellence in healthcare delivery and empower our nurses to be the drivers of change and innovation.

What’s available?

  • Continuing Professional Development Programs
  • Transition Support Programs across a variety of clinical specialties
  • Graduate support and mentoring
  • Support for post-graduate studies
  • Opportunities to participate in research

Our education partners

Metro North Hospital and Health Service is dedicated to the development of the future nursing professional workforce. The Nursing and Midwifery Professional Stream maintains partnerships with more than 14 state and national universities and 3 TAFE providers. Additionally, we have established a strong collaborative network with the Australian Defence Force.

Applying for a position

Requirements to practice

Registered nurses and enrolled nurses must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to practice in Australia. Nurses seeking information in relation to a break in practice or international qualifications should contact NMBA directly for information related to registration.

Pre-employment requirements

  • Mandatory vaccinations
  • Criminal history check
  • Professional registration check

Find out more about pre-employment requirements.

How to apply

Advertised positions

Jobs that are advertised are generally positions above the base grade or those requiring skilled nurses with a specific level of experience or education. Advertised positions can be viewed on Smart Jobs.

Non-advertised positions

Not all vacant nursing positions are advertised. Community and Oral Health invites nurses to apply for base grade positions (registered nurse, enrolled nurse and assistant in nursing) at any time by emailing COH-Nursing_Workforce@health.qld.gov.au.

Graduate registered nurses

Metro North Hospital and Health Service offers a comprehensive graduate program for qualified registered nursing and midwifery graduates.

Frequently asked questions

We have prepared a list of frequently asked questions about applying for a job with the Community and Oral Health nursing team.

Applications for advertised positions are coordinated by Metro North Recruitment. Applicants need to comply with the instructions outlined in the advertisement and any subsequent information received. Nursing Recruitment is unable to accept applications or assist in the application process.

Community and Oral Health is not currently considering applicants who do not have a valid visa to work in Australia. Potential applicants wishing to work in Australia should contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for information on visa options.

Community and Oral Health does not provide assistance with obtaining a visa permitting the applicant to work in Australia. All applicants must have a valid visa with permission to work before applying for a position.

Only complete applications will be considered for possible positions. Complete applications include all of the following:

  • Cover letter (detailing the type of position sought – full time, part time or casual, area of interest and date of
    availability to commence in the role)
  • Up-to-date CV
  • Copy of NMBA/AHPRA registration or evidence that it has been submitted (Registered Nurses, Midwives and Enrolled Nurses only)
  • Evidence of completion of Certificate III in Aged Care or completion of 1st year of study for current Bachelor of Nursing/Midwifery or Diploma of Nursing and continuing enrolment (Assistants-in-Nursing only)
  • Proof of residency/work rights

Your CV should include the following:

  • Personal details – name, address, contact details (phone and email)
  • Education/qualifications (reverse chronological order – most recent information first)
  • All previous nursing/midwifery experience (reverse chronological order – most recent information first)
  • Other experience
  • 2 referees with role title and work contact details (personal phone numbers and emails will not be accepted)
  • 1 referee must be a current line manager if currently employed.
  • Please note, referees may be contacted prior to you attending an interview. If this is not appropriate, please specify this in your CV.

Proof of residency depends on whether you are an Australian Citizen or in Australia on a visa.

Australian Citizens

You must provide a copy of a valid Australian passport or a copy of your Australian birth certificate or an Australian Citizenship Certificate.

Permanent residents and other visa holders

You must provide a copy of your valid passport and a copy of your valid visa. Visa holders will have their work rights checked prior to their application being considered. If you do not wish this to occur, please indicate this when submitting the documentation. Visa holders are also required to complete a consent form for a Work Rights Check with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. This consent form will be forwarded to appropriate applicants by Nursing Recruitment on receipt of all other documentation. Applicants without valid work rights will not be considered for employment.

You will need to provide evidence of your name change. This must be submitted with your other documentation.

As a New Zealand citizen, you will automatically be issued with an electronic visa on arrival in Australia. New Zealand citizens are only required to submit their valid passport as proof of residency.

It is a requirement that all employees have a legal right to work in Australia. Australian citizens automatically have work rights in Australia. Permanent residents and other visa holders require their work rights to be confirmed with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection prior to commencing employment. Applicants without a legal right to work in Australia will not have their applications considered.

You will be required to present the registration (and evidence of Certificate III or continuing enrolment in relevant higher education course) as part of the application process. Evidence related to criminal history checking and mandatory vaccination is not required at application.

Any additional information requirements, including those related to criminal history checking and mandatory vaccinations will be discussed with you by the selection panel.

Once your application has been submitted and assessed as complete (Nursing Recruitment will contact you via email if additional information is required), your application will be reviewed for suitability in relation to potential positions. If suitable positions are available, your application will be forwarded to the relevant team for further review. If appropriate, you will be contacted by a member of the team to discuss the position/s available and to organise an interview. If you are deemed suitable for employment but are not offered a position, we will add your application to the Community and Oral Health waiting list.

Applications which are deemed suitable for a position, but for which there are currently no positions, will be placed on the Community and Oral Health waiting list for a period of 3 months. Your application may be considered for suitable positions that become available within the following 3 months.

If your application has been on the waiting list for a period of 3 months and you have not secured a position, you will need to reapply to Nursing and Midwifery Recruitment with a complete application.

No, positions are not guaranteed. Applicants can remain on the waiting list for a period of 3 months without having to reapply for a position. After this time, an updated complete application must be submitted.

Complete applications should be submitted via email to Nursing and Midwifery Recruitment at COH-Nursing_Workforce@health.qld.gov.au.

For applicants within Australia, applications should be submitted no more than 6 weeks prior to date of availability. Applicants who are outside of Australia should apply no more than 3 months prior to availability date.

Graduate Registered Nurses and Midwives are recruited through a centralised system for all Queensland Health facilities. Applications open twice yearly and must be submitted through the Queensland Government Graduate Portal. Applications cannot be submitted directly to Community and Oral Health or any other Metro North Hospital and Health Services facility/service.

Graduate Enrolled Nurses follow the process as outlined for non-advertised positions.

Contact us

Phone: (07) 3631 7460
Email: COH-Nursing_Workforce@health.qld.gov.au

Find a job

Current Nursing vacancies on SmartJobs.