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Seven new nursing and midwifery graduates to join Torres and Cape HHS

6 March 2018

The Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service will welcome five new nursing and two new midwifery graduates to the region this year.

Acting Torres and Cape HHS Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Sam Schefe said two of the nurses and one of the midwives started this week (6 March).

The remaining four nurses and one midwife will join the health service in early August.

Starting this week are nurses Jennifer Turner and Sally Meyer, along with midwife Vivien Nance, who will all begin their careers at Thursday Island Hospital initially.

Mr Schefe said Ms Turner was an indigenous community member from Brisbane with family ties to Torres Strait.

“Sally Meyer is a Cairns local who graduated from James Cook University and Vivien Nance is coming to us from Everton Hills in Brisbane and has a passion for remote Indigenous midwifery practice,’’ he said.

Mr Schefe said the seven new graduate nurses and midwives would work in a variety of different clinical areas throughout the region.

“The five new graduate nurses will start their practices at Thursday Island, Cooktown and Weipa and will work in the clinical areas of acute medical, surgical, emergency and community and primary health,’’ Mr Schefe said.

“We will also have the two midwifery graduates who will rotate between the inpatient maternity ward and the Midwifery Group Practice at Thursday Island Hospital.’’ Mr Schefe said the seven new nursing and midwifery graduates were from a variety of universities including James Cook.

“We are very excited to welcome these new nurses and midwives as they begin their careers with the Torres and Cape HHS,” he said.

“They are an important part of our team, and we value the contribution they will make.”

Mr Schefe said the new nurses and midwifes would undertake a 12 month graduate program that involved theoretical and practical assessments.

“Graduate nurses and midwives are provided support and mentorship by experienced staff to help make the transition from studying at university to life in the workforce,” he said.

“They have chosen a rewarding and fulfilling vocation that provides many pathways for career development, and is a fabulous way of serving the community in which we live.

“We hope their first year of practice in our diverse health service will open their eyes to the opportunities and diverse range of professional experiences in our region and opt to continue their career with us in the future.”

Mr Schefe said the 2018 nursing and midwifery graduates would join the existing four registered nurses and one midwife graduates who were entering the last rotations of their programs from 2017.

“We will be congratulating our 2017 beginning year graduate nurses – Shari Wilcox, Clare Candler, Courtney Pert, Voleak La and Amy Browne – on the completion of their program,’’ he said.

“Whilst Shari and Courtney have chosen to return to metropolitan areas to follow their speciality interests, Voleak has been successful in securing a further nine-month contract on Thursday Island and Amy is also interested in staying within the Torres and Cape HHS.’’

Photo caption: from left: Sam Schefe (Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery), Bronwen Burr (Nurse Educator), Jenny Turner (Graduate Nurse), Vivien Nance (Graduate Midwife), Sally Meyer (Graduate Nurse) and Sarah Worth (Director of Nursing Clinical Education). Each of the graduates will be working from Thursday Island Hospital.

Last updated: 9 March 2018