Feb 20
New graduate nurses and midwives welcomed to the Local Health District

Newly graduated nurses and midwives will be officially welcomed today by the Western NSW Local Health District.

The 105 new graduate Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives are part of the 2017 Transition to Practice Program.

The nurses and midwives are from all over the state and the local area, and will work in a variety of Health Services and Multipurpose Services across the District.

The Transition to Professional Practice Program provides ongoing education and support and facilitates professional practice behaviors for new nurses and midwives to help build their skills and confidence to support them transition from being a student to an advanced beginner nurse.

Western NSW Local Health District's Manager of Nursing & Midwifery Transition and Workforce, Jacqui Blackshaw, said the program is fantastic as it offers support and opportunities for learning for new graduate nurses and midwives.

“As a Local Health District, we commit a significant amount of time and effort to support and educate our newly registered nurses and midwives. This program really helps them consolidate the nursing skills and knowledge they've learnt at university and helps them become confident nurses," Ms Blackshaw, said.

“The program also helps new graduate nurses and midwifes develop clinical competence to deliver the best nursing care to our communities," she said.

“We want to provide a positive and quality experience so the nurses and midwives are encouraged to continue working with us beyond their transition year. Supporting and retaining these nurses has significant benefits to both our local facilities and our communities."

Another program is the Rural Metro Exchange program, which enables new graduate nurses to work for six months in a rural facility and then another six months in a Sydney-based hospital, or vice-versa.

“By gaining experience in working in both a regional or rural hospital and a Sydney hospital, the graduate nurses and midwives can experience the differences in nursing in both. Nurses who work in our rural communities get great broad clinical experience which helps their career development," Ms Blackshaw said.

“New graduate nurses coming from Sydney get a taste of living and working in the country, and we hope they want to stay here for longer."

Media enquiries: Brendan Williams, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au