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FWLHD welcomes 2020 nurse grads

Wednesday, 19th February, 2020

The 30 new graduates outside the Community Health Centre in Crystal Street. PICTURE: Myles Burt The 30 new graduates outside the Community Health Centre in Crystal Street. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

A record 30 new registered nurses and midwifery graduates have been welcomed to the Far West Local Health District. 

The 2020 cohort is the largest since the start of the Far West LHD’s Rural and Remote Transition to GradStart Registered Nurse/Midwife Program. 

Last year, the FWLHD employed 27 new graduates from the 2019 intake. 

Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Dale Sutton, said the recruits were part of a $2.8 billion investment by the NSW Government to boost the ranks of  health staff in the state over four years. 

On Monday, 29 graduate registered nurses and one midwife were shown the ropes. 

Nurse Georgia Howard, from Moonavale Station near Wilcannia, said she studied in Albury in the hope of coming back to work in the Far West. 

Ms Howard said it was very good to find employment close to home, near family and friends, even if home was still a two-hour drive away. 

She said her family was very happy that she’s received the graduate position in Broken Hill. Ms Howard is the first member of her farming family to pursue a career as a health professional.

“I love the community out here - close relationships with your patients, everyone knows everyone,” she said.

Nurse graduate Simone Cravero, from the Sydney suburb of Rydalmere near Parramatta, said she chose to work in Broken Hill after falling in love with the country during her clinical placement two years ago.

“When the opportunity arose, I snatched it up and here I am,” Ms Cravero said.

“Such a massive sense of community. Even when I passed through Wilcannia they asked me what I was doing and I said I’d be coming back in a week, ‘I’ll be one of the new nurses.’

“Before that everyone else in the local golf club was saying hello to me and introducing themselves.”

Ms Cravero said a big factor in choosing the FWLHD was the different educational opportunity it provided compared to metropolitan areas.

“Metro areas tend to be more specific to specialities, whereas Far West you kind of get a little bit of everything, because nurses need to be skilled at everything,” she said.

Ms Cravero and Ms Howard began work yesterday. Ms Howard said she was happy to know the health district will be easing the new graduates into their roles.

“They’re really good with the program, not just chucking us in the deep end which is great,” she said.

FWLHD graduate nurse/midwife 2020 cohort is:

Simone Cravero, Roie Caine, Alexandra Callagher, Katrina Ly, Megan McClure, Zoe Schwarz, Victoria Crook, Bridgette Lockhart, Melanie Wade, Emily Schweitzer, Morgan Walsh, Lauren Vissor, Jenna Harris,  Megan Cass, Daniel Barnard, Sara Robinson, Amelia Court, Georgia Howard, Hayley Goodfellow, Ruth Allitt, Indiana Shamroze-Tumes. Stacie Barrett, Georgia Taylor, Danielle Hession, Krystle Capper, Tarnika Hayes, Kimberley Barker, Samantha James, Elle Debreceny and Ester Luatuanuu.

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