MORE than half of the new graduate nurses launching their careers at hospitals across Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) next Monday are from the local area.
This year MLHD has recruited 58 nurse graduates, more than last year’s intake. Eight of the new graduates will commence in mid-year.
Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Karen Cairney said it was wonderful to have so many local graduates seeking to start their careers in a rural setting.
“It is particularly pleasing that over 70 per cent of these graduate nurses selected MLHD as their first preference,” Ms Cairney said.
More than half of the new nurses are graduates from local universities.
Ms Cairney said the new nurses will be welcomed and supported with a comprehensive education and mentoring program.
“Every nurse is immediately linked with local management and educators so they always have someone for clinical or personal support when needed.
“We also provide the new graduates with a variety of clinical options to ensure they gain a range of experiences during their first year.”
Ms Cairney said MLHD also provides ongoing opportunities for education and support from management and educators to provide our communities with the best of care.
The new nurses will start at hospitals across the region, including Albury, Batlow, Griffith, Temora and Tumbarumba, with 25 set to start work at Wagga Base Hospital and another three in mental health in Wagga.