Mar 03
Orange Hospital welcomes new graduate nurses specialising in critical care

Orange Hospital has welcomed six new second-year graduate nurses.

These graduates will spend the next twelve months training in the treatment of critically ill patients, through the transition to speciality training pathway.

Orange Hospital Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Joanne Dean said, “The Transition to Specialty requires a commitment to undertake formal education covering the theoretical knowledge and skills required to practice in critical care".

“The new graduate nurses will gain experience in caring for patients in a variety of settings, including intensive care, coronary care, stroke and the emergency department. 

In 2020, the transition to speciality pathway had a retention rate of over 86% of participants. It started in 2016 and has proven to be a successful training pathway and an effective way to grow a competent skilled workforce in rural hospitals.

“This is an exciting time for the hospital and the community. Over the next twelve months, the graduates will gain vital skills and exposure to looking after critical care patients.

“The training pathway has been extremely successful with the majority of the new graduates deciding to stay working at the Hospital or other rural health services, which is great for our communities," said Ms Dean

The new graduates will spend the next three days at orientation before starting rotation in each department.

​“The investment of time and effort to support and educate these new graduates is significant. However, the benefits for staff, facilities and our communities are many. Our goal as an organisation is to help them develop and continue working with us beyond their transition year". Ms Dean said.