Graduate Nurse Programme

Applications are now open for MercyAscot's Graduate Nurse Programme commencing in February 2018.

The 2018 programme has positions on offer in the following specialties:

  • Orthopaedics - Inpatient Services
  • General Surgery - Inpatient Services 
  • Endoscopy 

What you will need as part of your online application process?

  • Copy of proof of NZ Citizenship or Permanent residency
  • Copy of current Academic Transcript
  • Copy of most recent completed clinical placement evaluation

Applications close: Sunday 8 October 2017

Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be held between 16 to 23 October 2017.

About MercyAscot

MercyAscot is one of New Zealand's largest private surgical facilities with 22 theatres across three Auckland sites. MercyAscot aims to provide first world private health services in New Zealand through teamwork and innovation. This is achieved through state-of-the-art surgical facilities and with the skills and attitudes of our outstanding employees. MercyAscot works alongside some of New Zealand's leading specialists in order to deliver quality outcomes for patients.

Our Vision

To be New Zealand's leading provider of health services, always delivered with excellence and value.

Our Values

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MercyAscot provides a full range of private surgical services at Mercy Hospital in Epsom and Ascot Hospital in Greenlane. Specialties include Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Urology, Gynaecology, Endoscopy, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) and Cardiothoracic nursing.

Mercy Hospital has seven operating rooms and 113 beds across three wards, plus an Admission Unit, Intensive Care Unit, High Dependency Unit and Cardiac Intervention Unit. The hospital is six kilometres out of Auckland's city centre, and a five minute car journey to the shopping centre, Newmarket.

Ascot Hospital opened in 1999 providing state-of-the-art surgical facilities. Since its opening Ascot Hospital has continued to be at the forefront of providing the latest in surgical equipment and services. In 2007 New Zealand's first Dual Integrated Digital Operating theatres were opened.  Ascot Hospital has 12 operating theatres over two levels and 68 beds across two wards, plus an Admission Unit, High Dependency Unit and a Cardiology Unit. Ascot Hospital is located in Greenlane, just off the Greenlane Motorway interchange.

MercyAscot also has two Endoscopy units, one at Mercy Hospital in Epsom and the other in Takapuna on the North Shore.

Graduate nurses experience a flexible programme in either the inpatient or operating room environments. The programme is designed to meet individual needs while consolidating knowledge and skills in a private elective surgery context. The aim of our programme is to facilitate a smooth transition for the Graduate Nurse into confident clinical practice. This is achieved through the transfer of theoretical knowledge into quality, patient focused outcomes for consumers within our organisation.  The aim of the programme is to develop:

  • A competent, confident practitioner
  • An accountable practitioner
  • A reflective practitioner

MercyAscot, following the National NETP Learning Framework, aims to provide:

  • In their first year of practice at MercyAscot, Graduate Nurses who are 'well supported, safe, skilled and confident in their clinical practice; equipped for further learning and professional development' (NETP July 2010).
  • A Graduate Programme comprised of clinical and theoretical components that together promote critical thinking skills, diagnostic reasoning, practical application of assessment skills and a peri-operative perspective

Whichever stream you choose (operating rooms or inpatient services) you will be supported by a comprehensive orientation package, skilled preceptorship from experienced nurses, clinical nurse educators and charge nurses.


Why MercyAscot?

  • MercyAscot can provide the ideal environment for the graduate nurse who is interested in developing confidence and experience in a surgical setting
  • Working in an elective facility which offers a diverse range of surgical procedures across many specialties has the advantage of providing a surgically focused learning clinical environment
  • Being a part of a small group of graduate nurses allows for a personal and well supported learning experience
  • Tailored for unparalleled support for the graduate nurse in your first year


Being Part of the MercyAscot Team

MercyAscot employees are well supported with a wide variety of learning and development opportunities to develop excellent clinical skills and to the meet the challenges of working in an environment that responds swiftly to changing technology requirements.

MercyAscot is dedicated to providing a friendly and supportive work environment where the team combine their high level of technical skills with a caring, nurturing attitude. MercyAscot continues to bring a fresh approach to healthcare in the private sector, based on innovation and technological advances.

You will also benefit from undertaking a 30 point course towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science run by The University of Auckland. 



During the first year of practice, as part of the Graduate Nurse Programme, you are required to successfully complete the assessment requirements of the programme.  MercyAscot will provide opportunities for study days and tutorials to increase your knowledge and skills throughout the programme. Other supporting education/orientation will be provided as appropriate.


Clinical Placements

Placements will be available in either Inpatient Services, Operating Rooms  or the Endoscopy Unit where you remain throughout the programme.

Inpatient Services:
Elective Surgical - General Surgical Ward
Elective Surgical - Orthopaedic Ward 

Operating Rooms

Endoscopy Unit

Support will be provided by a comprehensive orientation programme and skilled preceptorship from experienced nurses. The inpatient and operating room educators and clinical charge nurses are committed to providing an excellent standard of nursing care.

Graduates are supernumerary for the first 4-10 weeks working Monday - Friday only. Workload allocations are carefully controlled to allow for individualised development.


Programme Duration

Successful candidates are employed on a permanent basis. The programme is of 12 months duration.


Professional Development and Recognition Programme 

Graduate nurses will be required to complete a competent nursing portfolio by the completion of the Programme; to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Nursing Councils' competency based Practicing Certificate. Support will be available to help candidates achieve this requirement.



Graduates are employed fulltime (1.0 FTE, 80 hours per fortnight). The starting salary for new graduate nurses commencing in February 2018 will be $51,069 gross per annum ($24.55 gross per hour), plus penals.


What else does MercyAscot Offer?

  • On-site free parking for staff
  • A supportive and safe work environment
  • Work / Life balance
  • Flexible rostering
  • Stylish uniforms and scrubs
  • Well-equipped facilities
  • Christmas Close Down period (2-3 weeks)
  • Monday to Friday hours, with no night shifts for Operating Room teams
  • Financial assistance with on-going education


Comments from Previous New Graduates. . .

  • Access to Nurse Educators was most useful for developing my practice
  • The programme promoted my professional development as a Registered Nurse
  • Now I know I can do it even though don't know everything yet
  • My skill and knowledge have developed excellently due to the programme and hospital staff
  • Workload allowed time for to study and learning.


Graduate Nurse Programme Entry Criteria

  • Applicants must be New Zealand residents, New Zealand permanent residents or New Zealand citizens at time of application (or an Australian passport holder)
  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Nursing degree from a New Zealand nursing programme (or equivalent overseas university qualification) prior to commencement on the Graduate Nurse Programme (or be about to sit the next New Zealand Nursing Council state exam)
  • By January 2018, applicants must hold New Zealand Registered Nurse registration and a current Annual Practicing Certificate, with no restrictions that would negatively impact on their ability to participate in the programme
  • Applicants must have graduated within the past 12 months and have NOT practiced as a Registered Nurse for longer than 6 months at the time the programme commences.

Recruitment and Selection Process

1. Applications -  now open (Applications close 8 October 2017)

  • Apply online by completing the application form through our careers website
  • Upload your cover letter
  • Upload your CV (containing two referees and their contact details - preferably Clinical Tutor / Preceptor / Nurse Educator)
  • Upload proof of Citizenship or Residency
  • Upload your most recent academic transcript
  • Upload your latest clinical placement evaluation

2.  Selection Process

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview. 

3.  Outcome of Applications 

Following the interviews, verbal reference checking will be conducted and outcomes of applications will be advised to the preferred candidates.

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