The 2015 Transition to Practice Program for newly graduated Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Midwives (RMs) commences on Monday 9 February.
56 new graduate RNs/RMs will join Western NSW Local Health District’s workforce and will be working in our hospitals and procedural facilities – 19 of these will be at Dubbo; consisting of 15 RNs and 4 RMs.
The Transition to Practice Program provides ongoing education and support to new RNs/RMs to enable them to transition from a novice to advanced beginner nurse.
“This program provides opportunities and support for the new graduate nurses and midwives to consolidate their nursing skills and knowledge,” Jenny Johnson, Dubbo Health Service Director of Nursing and Midwifery said.
The goals of the Transition to Practice Program are to develop clinical competence, facilitate professional practice behaviors, enhance job satisfaction and inspire commitment to the Local Health District. While there is significant investment in time and effort to support and educate the RNs and RMs, there are also many benefits for staff, facilities and our communities.
“We want to provide a positive and quality experience so that the nurses are encouraged to continue working with us beyond their transition year,” Jenny said.
“In fact we are delighted that 12 of our current graduate nurses are staying on in permanent positions this year, which is a great reflection of the success of the Transition to Practice Program”.
Another successful program is the Rural Metro Exchange program, which enables new graduate nurses to elect to work for six months in a local rural facility and then another six months in a Sydney hospital, and vice versa. Western NSW Local Health District’s Manager, Nursing & Midwifery Transition and Education Jacqui Blackshaw said this gives participating nurses an opportunity to gain a broader hospital experience.
“By gaining experience in working in both a regional or rural hospital and a Sydney hospital, the graduate nurses can get a bigger picture of the differences in both and can then make a career decision depending on what suits them most,” she said.
“The great thing about this is that graduates coming from Sydney also get a taste of living and working in the country, and some will elect to stay here to pursue their nursing career”.
Media Opportunity: Media are invited to come along to meet the 2015 cohort of graduate nurses for Dubbo Health Service on Monday 9 February, at 10.00am in the George Hatch building, Dubbo Health Service. Contact on the day: Jenny Johnson, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Ph: 6885 8638 Media Contact: Vanessa Delaney, Media Manager Ph 6369 3833 or 0417 511 738