A total of 75 First Year new graduate nurses and midwives have commenced working within the NNSWLHD, with Ms Gleeson stating that the 23 in Richmond Network will rotate across the entire network from Ballina to Urbenville, and including Lismore, Casino and Kyogle Hospitals.
In welcoming the new graduates, Annette Symes, Acting Chief Executive, said it was always pleasing to see new graduate nurses and midwives choose to take a rural placement and work in Northern Rivers’ 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,” Ms Symes said.
“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.”
Mr George congratulated the new graduates and stated they were entering the workforce on the cusp of an exciting time for Health in Lismore.
“It is a very exciting time for Health in Lismore with the Stage 3B redevelopment of Lismore Base Hospital taking place and the much anticipated car-park soon to be finished,” Mr George said.
“I wish every one of you all the best on your future career paths.”