More than 100 new nurses and midwives will begin working in Western NSW Local Health District hospitals this year as part of their annual new graduate intake.
WNSWLHD Nursing and Midwifery Transition and Workforce Manager, Jackie Corliss, said the recruits are part of the NSW Government’s record $2.8 billion investment to boost frontline health workers by 8300, including 5,000 nurses and midwives, over four years.
“The graduate program is fantastic as it offers support and learning opportunities for new graduate nurses and midwives,” Ms Corliss said.
Across the state, about 2,600 graduates will launch their careers at 130 public health facilities this year – an increase of 58 per cent since 2011.
In WNSWLHD the nurses and midwives will join hospitals at Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Coolah, Condobolin, Narromine, Peak Hill, Gilgandra, Gulargambone, Coonamble, Walgett, Blayney, Cowra, Forbes, Rylstone, Parkes, Baradine, Collarenebri, Grenfell, Warren, and Mudgee.
“The new graduates will work in all clinical areas including surgical, medical and paediatrics,” Ms Corliss said.
“We commit a significant amount of time and effort to support and educate our newly registered nurses and midwives. This program helps them consolidate the nursing skills and knowledge they've learnt at university and to become confident nurses.
“The program also helps new graduate nurses and midwifes develop clinical competence to deliver the best nursing care to our communities.”
WNSWLHD graduates from February 2020 cohort will work in the following hospitals:
- Bathurst Health Service –11 registered nurses
- Orange Health Service –17 registered nurses, 1 registered midwives
- Dubbo Health Service – 28 registered nurses, 2 registered midwives
- Bloomfield Hospital – 14 registered nurses
- Metro/ Rural Exchange Program – 5 registered nurses, 2 registered midwives
- Mental Health Exchange Program – 4 registered nurses
- Southern Cluster – 6 registered nurses
- Northern Cluster – 4 registered nurses
- Central Cluster – 8 registered nurses.
For more information see the NSW Health website