Starting your career

  • Requirements to practice

    To work as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or midwife in Queensland, you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

  • Training

    Our orientation programs support new nurses and midwives as they gain more knowledge and skills, as well as helping you transition into your new role.

  • Career structure

    We offer our nurses and midwives exciting and rewarding career opportunities right across Queensland, from our cities to regional and rural environments.

  • Salaries

    Our nurses and midwifes enjoy a wide range of benefits, generous leave entitlements and a competitive salary.

We’ve expanded our workforce attraction scheme

When you join us from another state or make the move from overseas, you might be eligible for up to $20,000.

If you take up a job in regional or rural Queensland, you might be eligible for up to $70,000 even if you’re moving from Brisbane metro.

Rural and remote opportunities

Have a passion for improving people’s lives? A health career in regional, rural and remote Queensland will give you a career with purpose, plus excellent benefits and allowances.

Rural nursing pathway

Registered nursing and midwifery graduate program

We offer life-changing graduate experiences for newly qualified registered nurses and midwives.

With no 2 days ever the same, nursing is one of the most dynamic and rewarding jobs in healthcare. You’ll be part of a well-structured and highly supportive team that offers many learning and development opportunities to empower you in your career in health.

Great work-life balance

Working with us, you’ll be part of one of the few health systems with nurse and midwife to patient ratios. Read about our nurse to patient ratios [PDF 170 KB]. You can also find out more about ratios on the Queensland Health website.

Find out about your leave entitlements and watch Bec’s story about her day-to-day life as a registered nurse working in regional Queensland.

Interested in a nursing or midwifery career

Not sure if a health career is for you? Why not start with a Cert II or III and get some hands on experience. You can also dive right in and start your diploma or degree.

Choose your own health career

Hear from our team

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Skye Burke

Clinical Nurse
Chinchilla Hospital

The rewards of working in a small town and the sense of community that comes along with that is worth it. Your colleagues often become lifelong friends and I relish and respect the feeling of being an integral part of the community.

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Joy Alvarez

Kingaroy Hospital

I love the relaxed atmosphere of a country town, with wide-open spaces, friendly people and less traffic. I definitely recommend working in rural hospitals as you gain experience and knowledge through different patient presentations.

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Benjamin Lawrence

Director of Nursing
Collinsville Multi Purpose Health Service

Working rural is my passion and it’s a privilege to work in the communities I have. The days are challenging and every day is different. I love my job and I love what I do.

Last updated: May 2024