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Wards welcome new nurses

Tuesday, 9th February, 2010

* The new nurses on their first day at the hospital (front from left) Harlie Byrnes, Shae Staker, Yohannah Townsend and Karen Gleeson. (Back) Anna Hagarty, Steph Compton, Liban Muhiyadin and Sarah Hithersay. * The new nurses on their first day at the hospital (front from left) Harlie Byrnes, Shae Staker, Yohannah Townsend and Karen Gleeson. (Back) Anna Hagarty, Steph Compton, Liban Muhiyadin and Sarah Hithersay.

The hospital has welcomed a new intake of nurses. Six registered nurses began their careers with the Broken Hill Health Service yesterday. The nurses will over the next 12 months gain experience in a variety of areas including the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Operating Theatre and the Mental Health Department.

The hospital's Director of Nursing, Dale Sutton, welcomed the new graduates to Broken Hill. "I hope they have an extremely enjoyable 12-month experience," she said. "I wish them well in their endeavours and hope they will stay on with us once they have finished their program."

The Transition to Practice graduate nurse program, under which the nurses have been employed, places nurses in remote health services in western NSW. Last year after being advertised around the country, 14 registered nurses joined the program and nine have attained positions with the Broken Hill Health Service.

The new registered nurses at the hospital are Harlie Byrnes, Shae Staker, Yohannah Townsend, Anna Hagarty, Liban Muhiyadin and Sarah Hithersay. Karen Gleeson and Steph Compton are newly graduated rural remote nurses. Karen will be working in Wentworth and Steph will be working in Wilcannia and Bourke.

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