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New group of graduate nurses start their careers in Wide Bay

FIFTY-TWO new nurses have begun their careers at Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service facilities as part of the initial 2020 graduate intake.

The new nurses, who consist of graduates from both local universities and institutions further afield, are spread across various clinical areas at Bundaberg, Fraser Coast and rural facilities.

The 29 Bundaberg and rural-based graduates and the 23 Fraser Coast-based nurses have joined their ward teams after finishing their respective orientation programs.

“I wish our nursing graduates well as they join our professional nursing team and settle into their roles in the upcoming weeks,” WBHHS Acting Chief Executive Debbie Carroll said.

“As someone who comes from a nursing background, it’s particularly exciting to see the next generation of our profession join the Wide Bay team and I know they will have every opportunity to enjoy fruitful careers.

“Recruiting enthusiastic and skilled graduate nurses is important to maintaining continuity of high-quality care, because they help to boost our team as others leave our service due to retirement or other career opportunities.

“By constantly bringing in talented graduates and upskilling them, WBHHS is ensuring we can deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time to Wide Bay patients for years to come.”

WBHHS Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Fiona Sewell said the new graduates came from a range of tertiary institutions, including from local universities, adding a broad range of perspectives, experiences and knowledge to the existing team.

“It’s wonderful to have our graduates join the WBHHS nursing and midwifery team, bringing their passion for patient care to our wards,” Ms Sewell said.

“Our dedicated and experienced nurses welcome the enthusiasm and energy they bring to our teams, as well as the opportunity to guide them by passing on their own knowledge, experience and professional skillsets to them.

“In nursing, we talk about the 6Cs – our six core values of Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment.

“We believe our current staff embody those values in every aspect of what they do, and I’m looking forward to seeing our new nurses embed those values in their practice and progress in their careers in the years to come.

“I know that among them there are future leaders of the Wide Bay nursing and midwifery team.”

WBHHS is also planning a mid-year intake of nursing graduates.

Last updated: 18 February 2020