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1st year nurses join Bundaberg and rural team

Bundaberg Hospital has hosted orientation this week for a group of postgraduate nurses who are part of Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service’s mid-year intake.

The 12 first-year nurses, who are the Bundaberg and rural facilities’ contingent of the intake, will be joined by a group of Fraser Coast postgraduates who will undergo their own orientation in the next few weeks.

WBHHS’s mid-year intake is on top of the 39 postgraduate nurses and midwives who became part of the team at the start of the calendar year.

WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington said the first-year nurses are important to replenishing the nursing team and providing its foundation well into the future.

“Nursing graduates bolster our WBHHS team and have the opportunity to learn from our experienced nurses,” Mr Pennington said.

“Our nursing team is absolutely essential to providing high-quality clinical care to our patients, so it is essential to constantly renew the team by bringing in new nurses who can one day become leaders within our service.

“It’s also great to have nurses from a wide range of institutions such as CQUniversity, University of Southern Queensland and the University of the Sunshine Coast bringing their different experiences to the team.

“Among the postgraduates are nurses who trained at local universities or have come home after training elsewhere. It’s great to see them pursuing careers locally where they are invested in the community.

“Providing local career pathways is a priority for WBHHS and among these nurses there are real examples of how our service is doing just that.”

WBHHS Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Fiona Sewell said new nurses brought contemporary, evidence-based knowledge which complements the experienced members of the team.

“It’s fantastic to have postgraduate nurses bring their contemporary knowledge to our team, as well as their general enthusiasm for nursing,” Ms Sewell said.

“It’s uplifting to our team and a reminder of the privilege it is to be caring for our fellow community members who are patients in our wards.

“Our senior nurses will become great mentors to the first-year nurses by providing their wisdom, experience and practical skills to them each day they work together.

“I know these graduates will have wonderful opportunities in the years ahead and I am looking forward to seeing them grow into nursing leaders of the future.”

Last updated: 26 July 2019