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New nurses in good numbers

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019

The 28 graduate nurses and one midwife at the hospital. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson The 28 graduate nurses and one midwife at the hospital. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

A record number of registered nurses have embarked on the next step of their careers at the Far West Local Health District.

The 28 graduate nurses and one midwife began their employment with the Health District in its ‘Rural and Remote Transition to Professional Practice Registered Nurse/Midwife Program (TPP)’. 

The 2019 cohort is the largest since the inception of the program last year.

Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Dale Sutton, extended a warm welcome to them all. 

“It’s very exciting when we welcome new graduates to the Far West and I wish them all the best as they begin their careers with the Far West Local Health District,” she said.

The 2019 Graduates will experience clinical practice in Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit/Critical Care Unit, Medical and Surgical wards, Mental Health, Community Nursing, Maternity, Paediatrics, Operating Theatres and the Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Unit.

The program places nurses in Broken Hill, Wentworth, Dareton, Ivanhoe, Wilcannia, Tibooburra and Balranald. 

These outback placements provide the chance of a unique remote nursing experience which metropolitan programs cannot offer.

“They also get first-hand experience of working in our remote facilities and living in those communities and this is invaluable as it helps encourage recruitment of those nurses to work in our remote facilities,” Ms Sutton said.

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