Brian Pezzutti, Chair of NNSW LHD Board said, “We are very pleased to welcome the new graduate nurses and midwives, who have chosen to take a rural placement and work in our hospitals.”
“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 Pezzutti added.
“In the Richmond area there are 28 fulltime new graduate registered nurses and midwives, who will undertake three placements of four months each. The rotations include working in specialty areas such as operating theatres and mental health, as well as rural locations at Nimbin, Kyogle and Urbenville,” said Narelle Gleeson, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Lismore Base Hospital.
The Clarence Network has 18 new graduate nurses and midwives, who will work at Grafton Base Hospital and two working in Maclean Hospitals. The Tweed Byron Health Service Group has 27 new graduate nurses and midwives. This year two will work in the Mental Health Service while the other 25 will work across The Tweed, Murwillumbah District, Byron District and Mullumbimby & District Memorial Hospitals.“There are a variety of other sites in the New Graduate Program, which include Ballina District and Casino & District Memorial Hospitals and at Lismore Base Hospital, where the nurses will gain experience working in the orthopaedic, surgical and medical wards,” Ms Gleeson 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.”
“These new nursing and midwifery positions provide opportunities for talented young health professionals to learn and grow as well as strengthening our health system.”“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.”
“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.