“Nurses and midwives are an indispensable part of the health system and are central to the care of our patients in both the hospital and community setting,” Dr Allan Tyson added.
“This year the Clarence Network has 18 new graduate Nurses and a Midwife, who will work at Grafton Base Hospital. Two of the Nurses will be located at Maclean Hospital over the next 12 months.
Last year’s group has recently completed their new graduate contracts and some of them have been successful in gaining permanent employment at Grafton Base Hospital. This is good news for our hospital because it maintains our future workforce,” said Dr Tyson.
The new graduate nurses will gain experience working across a wide range of areas within the hospital, including the operating theatre, recovery, paediatric, renal, orthopaedic, surgical and medical wards,” Dr Allan Tyson said.
Chris Crawford, Chief Executive, NNSW LHD said “Nurses and midwives are a vital part of the health system, who deliver a high level of care in a range of situations which are often challenging.”
“Our Clinical Nurse Educators play an essential role in orientating the new graduate nurses and midwives to the hospital environment, especially the acute care areas such as the Operating Theatre, Acute Surgical and Medical Wards and Mental Health Units.”
“These new nursing and midwifery positions provide opportunities for talented young health professionals to learn and grow as well as strengthening our health system.”
“It is hoped that these nurses and midwives will enjoy their experience working in a rural setting and decide to stay, or consider returning to the area in the future,” said Mr Crawford.