Eleven nurses have commenced a 12 month graduate nurse program at East Grampians Health Service.
The cohort includes five Registered Nurses, two Registered Nurses/Registered Midwives and four Enrolled Nurses.
It is the first time EGHS has offered a graduate program for Enrolled Nurses.
The nurses hail from Mildura, Trentham, Ballarat, Melbourne, New Zealand with four from the local area. They have completed their studies at a range of universities, including Deakin, Latrobe, Australian Catholic University and the University of South Australia, as well as at a range of TAFE providers including South West TAFE, Federation University and RMIT.
Manager of Education at EGHS Heather Phillips said all graduates undertaking nursing/midwifery care do so based on their training qualification.
“The transition from student to health professional represents a key milestone in their career progression,” Mrs Phillips said.
“The graduates are exposed to range of clinical areas during their graduate program and all are provided with orientation, quality clinical support and study days.
“Over the past five years, EGHS has retained more than 80 per cent of its graduate nurses, which is vital for future proofing our workforce and therefore the services we provide the community.”
Pictured above: Nurses participating in the Graduate Nurse Program at East Grampians Health Service include L-R: Kristy McEvoy, Natasha Smith, Kara Smith, Stephanie Beasy, Jazmin Sabo, Aaron Palanas, Lucky Rubenecia, Clare Sorati, Caitlin Munday, Chantelle Hutcheon and Sally-Ann Duncan