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New wave of nursing and midwifery graduates

06 Mar 2020

 

Nepean Blue Mountains residents will benefit from 77 new nurses and midwives joining local hospitals this year as part of their annual new graduate intake.  

The nurses and midwives will join Nepean, Blue Mountains and Lithgow hospitals as part of the NSW Government’s record $2.8 billion investment to boost frontline health workers by 8300 over four years.

Julie Williams, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at NBMLHD, said the new graduates will work in all clinical areas including medical, surgical, aged and critical care, drugs and alcohol, women and children’s health and mental health.

“We welcome these nurses and midwives to our District and wish them all the best as they embark on their new careers. I’m certain they will find nursing to be an incredibly rewarding vocation,” Ms Williams said.   

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District graduate numbers:

  • Nepean Hospital - 53 registered nurses, 9 registered midwives;
  • Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital - 11 registered nurses; and
  • Lithgow Hospital - 4 registered nurses.

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Graduate nurse, Rebecca Monaghan, explained that she is keen but nervous to begin her career and has so far enjoyed her first insights into nursing at Nepean Hospital.

“We’ve been reassured along this whole process that we’ve got lots of support at our fingertips and that’s really important, we’re going to need a lot of guidance,” Ms Monaghan says.

Dominic Fubelli, who will be working at Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital, said, “I’ve been told I’m going to be busy and that I’ll learn a lot, which sounds good to me. I’m keen to get started.”

One of four new graduate nurses joining Lithgow Hospital, Benita Ribaux-Dolbel outlined how excited she is about the opportunities available at the hospital and said, “I want to go into rural and remote nursing. The complexities and the different issues are interesting.”

NSW has boosted its nursing and midwifery graduate positions by 58 per cent since 2011, with about 2600 graduates to launch their careers at 130 public hospitals and health services this year.

The NSW Government has committed to the largest Australian healthcare workforce boost of an extra 5000 nurses and midwives across regional and metropolitan areas over four years.

For more information: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing/employment/Pages/default.aspx