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Graduate nurses start their new careers

Monday 10 June 2019

Nursing Graduates

The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service welcomed 36 new nursing graduates in May.

Five of the new nurses are spending 12 months at one of our rural hospitals, while the remaining 31 graduate nurses will experience two six-month rotations in the Cairns Hospital, across areas including paediatrics, medical imaging, surgical and medical.

Dr Jenny Sando, Nursing Director, Education and Research is pleased that several of the new graduates were already working in the Health Service when they decided to undertake the nursing degree.

“It’s nice to see some of our Cairns Hospital staff commence in graduate positions today,” she said.

“They have been working as Assistants in Nursing (AINs) whilst completing their studies, so it is pleasing to celebrate their well-deserved success with them.”

This is the second year the Health Service has run a structured graduate recruitment program, providing support and professional development throughout the year.

Graduate nurse Grace Bowen completed her degree part-time over 5 years whilst working as an Assistant in Nursing.

“I’m excited that my first six-month rotation is going to be on the General Medical Ward,” she said.

“It has a nice positive atmosphere and a great team dynamic, I couldn’t think of a better place to begin my career as a registered nurse.”

Last updated: 10 June 2019