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Riverina and SW Slopes hospitals to welcome new blood with 85 nurses to join ranks

Edwina Mason 14 February 2020

Caring crew: 52 registered nurses and one midwife will start work this month. Photo: Supplied.

Hospitals throughout the Riverina and South West Slopes will get an injection of new blood this year as 85 nursing graduates prepare to join the staff ranks.

One registered midwife and 52 registered nurses are set to start in the regional and rural hospitals this month, while a further 33 registered nurses will start in August 2020.

In making the announcement, Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) said 67 per cent of graduates completed their Bachelor of Nursing locally at Charles Sturt University.

MLHD Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Karen Cairney said it was wonderful to have so many local graduates looking to start their careers in a rural setting.

“It is pleasing that MLHD can provide employment to so many local graduates, keeping local people in local hospitals and local communities,” Ms Cairney said.

“It is also exciting to welcome graduates from across NSW, to expose them to the career opportunities that MLHD has to offer”.

Ms Cairney said the new nurses and midwife will be welcomed and supported with a comprehensive education and mentoring program which safely transitions them from university into the workplace.

“Each nurse and midwife is linked with local nursing and midwifery management and educators so they have access to clinical or personal support when needed,” she said.

“Throughout their first year, graduates are provided with opportunities in a variety of clinical settings to ensure they gain a range of experience and consolidate skills and knowledge developed whilst at university.”

Graduate nurses and midwives will begin employment with MLHD in 2020 at Batlow, Berrigan, Boorowa, Corowa, Cootamundra, Culcairn, Deniliquin, Griffith, Gundagai, Harden, Henty, Hillston, Holbrook, Junee, Lockhart, Narrandera, Temora, Tumut, Tumbarumba, Tocumwal, Wagga Wagga, West Wyalong and Young.

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