Nursing numbers are growing at Peninsula Health, with 49 nursing graduates commencing their Graduate Nurse Program. Joining them are four Graduate Nurses commencing a similar program in Mental Health and four Graduate Midwives.
Peninsula Health Executive Director of Mental Health, Allied Health, Nursing, Community & Continuing Care and Community Participation Jan Child welcomed the record number of graduates on their first day of orientation.
“Nursing staff make up the majority of our workforce, and are one of the most critical elements of an effective health service. The new graduates are undertaking a challenging year that will support their transition to the role of the Division One Registered Nurse.”
“2010 will see the graduate nurses rotated through a number of clinical areas including medicine, surgery and specialty areas across four Peninsula Health sites to broaden their experience.
The graduates have been recruited from a number of different Universities. Many have been attracted by the developments at Frankston Hospital including the new Intensive Care Unit and the expansion of the surgical and maternity services.
“Nursing is one of the most flexible and rewarding careers in the health service, with opportunities to practice locally and around the world. Almost all of last year’s graduates are still with Peninsula Health and we expect to continue this trend in the future,” Ms Child added.
Experienced staff and mentors will be on hand to support the graduates, and some new initiatives have been introduced to enhance the development of such a large group. Some of these initiatives include changes to the orientation program and education days and the development of a new intranet site. The site offers important information about the program and provides an interactive forum for graduates to share their ideas and experiences.”