Monday, 19 February 2018
RECORD NUMBER OF NURSE AND MIDWIFE GRADUATES JOIN RANKS
Goulburn Base Hospital is set to get a boost with 12 graduate nurses and midwives launching their careers and caring for patients and their families.
The Hon. Pru Goward MP, member for Goulburn personally congratulated some of the new nursing and midwifery recruits who will be working inwards and services on Friday, February 9.
“Nurses and midwives are the backbone of an effective public health system and I am delighted to welcome you to the Goulburn Base Hospital,” Ms Goward said.
“Around the clock, 365 days a year, our nurses and midwives are on the frontline of the NSW health system providing care to patients and support to their families.
“I wish all our new starters the best of luck with their careers and again welcome the Invaluable contribution they make to our health system.
“This year there is a record number of graduate nurses and midwives - we have 51,000 nurses and midwives working in the NSW public health system – an all-time high – but we’re working hard to boost this vital workforce even further,” Ms Goward said.
Clinical Nurse Educator, Kristy Wilson, said she is always pleased to have new graduates at the base and that the Goulburn program gives the nurses an opportunity to see all facets of nursing.
“We have had many new Graduate Nurses move to Goulburn for their new positions, they have gone on to buy houses and settle here,” Ms Wilson said.
More than 2,400 graduate nurses and midwives are launching their careers at hospitals and health services across NSW – including a third that will work in rural and regional hospitals.
As part of NSW Government’s election commitment, $9.8 million has been allocated in 2017-18 to recruit 55 more specialist nurses and midwives, 10 mental health clinical nurse educators to support new graduates and undergraduates as well as 30 clinical support officers for nurses and midwifery services.
Across the entire frontline medical workforce – including nurses, midwives, doctors, allied health professionals and hospital support staff – the NSW Government has already exceeded its election commitment by 1000 positions.
Since 2011, the NSW Government has funded an additional 6,700 full-time equivalent nurses and midwives across NSW.
Pictured L-R: New Graduate Nurse Daniel McKavanagh, Clinical Nurse Educators Phoebe Dobb and Kristy Wilson, the Hon. Pru Goward MP Member for Goulburn and new graduate nurses Hayley Connor and Rebecca Billing