Mr Gulaptis said that having had his own health scare recently, he knows the valuable work that nurses and midwives do.
“I know that nurses are the backbone of our excellent NSW health system,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“These young people have chosen and great place to start their careers and hopefully their families here in the beautiful dynamic Clarence valley.”
More than 2,400 graduate nurses and midwives are launching their careers at hospitals and health services across NSW – including a third that will work in rural and regional hospitals. This boosts the NSW total to 51,000.
Mr Gulaptis also encouraged young locals to consider a career with NSW Health. For more information on health careers, visit http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/careers
Image shows from left, nurse graduates Chad Barber and Sharon Cox, Nurse Educator Sue Coombes, graduates Kiara Briggs and Brianna Jones, Chris Gulaptis and nurse graduate Thea Kowal.