NEXT year will see a significant increase in the number of new graduate nurses employed in Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD), including Wagga Wagga.
A record 63 positions have been offered to graduate nurses across MLHD for 2014, including 32 at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital (WWBH), an increase on previous years.
Murrumbidgee also received an increase of 33 per cent in first preference hospitals as part of the state-wide recruitment process.
In 2013, 58 new graduate nurses were employed across the district, including 29 at WWBH.
In 2012, Murrumbidgee recruited 41 new graduates, with 25 employed at WWBH.
Acting Director Nursing and Midwifery Karen Cairney said many of the new graduate nurses were local residents.
“They have completed studies at Charles Sturt University (CSU) or through universities which offer distance education and have provided the opportunity to study and undertake clinical placements while remaining in the district,” she said.
“MLHD and CSU have strong nursing and midwifery partnerships, with MLHD hosting a considerable number of CSU nursing students for their clinical placements and welcoming them to apply for available positions,” Ms Cairney said.