A record number of 28 Registered Nurses (RNs) and 1 Midwife (RM) have today embarked on their nursing careers with Far West Local Health District.
The new graduate nurses and midwife will begin their employment with Far West LHD in its Rural and Remote Transition to Professional Practice (TPP) Registered Nurse / Midwife Program. The 2019 cohort of New Graduate RN’s and RM will be the largest cohort since the inception of the program. Far West LHD employed 22 New Graduates in 2018.
Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Ms Dale Sutton, on behalf of the Far West LHD extended a warm welcome to the new graduates nurses and midwives.
“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 LHD,” 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.
Nurses beginning work in the Far West also get the opportunity to experience both rural and remote nursing through the TPP. The program places nurses in Broken Hill, Wentworth, Dareton, Ivanhoe, Wilcannia, Tibooburra and Balranald. These remote placements provide the opportunity of a unique remote nursing experience of which metropolitan programs cannot.
The popular TPP program is praised for exposing graduates to different clinical skills, thereby improving their nursing and midwifery knowledge, said Ms Sutton.
“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.”
The program’s success can be rated by the number of nurses recruited to stay in the Far West. Twenty-two (22) graduates started with Far West in 2018 and 19 have decided to stay on in the LHD in a variety of specialities to progress their nursing careers.
The graduate nurses and midwife will undergo orientation this week featuring both practical and classroom activities. They will also meet staff and mentors/ supervisors who will support and guide their transition from undergraduate university student to the responsibilities of being a Registered Nurse / Midwife. They will begin work in their respective departments and facilities soon after.