New nurse graduates for hospital

BUNDABERG Hospital will be brimming with newfound enthusiasm, with 21 nurse graduates gracing its corridors.

A total of 83 applications were received from graduates seeking positions in the Wide Bay, according to director of nursing and midwifery services Debbie Carroll.

Each of them will work at Bundaberg Hospital, while three will undertake a rural rotation placement in Gin Gin and Childers.

“We are proud to be the launching pad for these new nursing careers and hope their experience with us will entice them to stay in the area after the initial 12 months,” Ms Carroll said.

“A career in nursing can be as diverse as the many patients that nurses see each day, which ensures there is always something new to learn or a responsibility to take on.

“We continue to strengthen our relationship and ties with the local campus of Central Queensland University, with graduates from there being 71% of our graduate intake for 2010.”

Many CQU students attended an inaugural open day at the hospital in July last year, which provided them with information about the district’s graduate nurse program.

Ms Carroll said while the number of graduates was three fewer than the 24 welcomed in 2009, this was due primarily to the retention of former graduates on previous programs.

“Graduates are an essential aspect of our workforce,” she said.



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