Fifteen new mental health nurses have converged on the Central West, with twelve graduates arriving at Orange’s Bloomfield campus and three beginning work at Dubbo.
The nurses have completed their university training and will now commence their mandatory two weeks of full time training, which will complete their transition to practise in a mental health environment.
“This training will cover all aspects of education to prepare the new graduates to work on the mental health units,” said the Western NSW LHD Director of Nursing MHDA Walter Zyla.
Topics covered during the trainingrange from Recovery Model of Nursing Care, Manual Handling Techniques, Therapeutic Communication to Interpersonal Skills in Engaging People into Care.
Special team exercises and role play sessions are also part of the training program.
The new graduates have come from across New South Wales and even overseas with an Indian nurse welcomed as part of the new intake.
They have chosen to come to the Orange and Dubbo facilities because of the diverse professional opportunities across the campuses and the benefits of a regionally-based lifestyle.
“Our mental health facilities at Orange and Dubbo are regarded as state of the art. They are fitted out with modern equipment, new technology and provide a friendly caring atmosphere.
“The graduates are excited by the prospect of completing their transition training and beginning work in these facilities.
“We hope several of the new nurses will join a number of previous graduates who have continued to develop their career by staying at the Orange and Dubbo facilities at the completion of their new graduate year,” said Mr Zyla.
Media are invited to attend a session of the transition training.
Graduates will be using equipment including patient hoists during their training on Wednesday 13th February at 2pm at the Lachlan Building.
Please contact Melissa Hamling on 6369 3833 or 0417 511 738 to arrange an interview or attend the photo opportunity.