A record number of nursing graduates have begun their careers with the South West Hospital and Health Service (South West HHS) this year, with 23 graduates commencing this week (17 August) and 16 graduates having started during the February intake.
South West HHS Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Toni Murray says it was fantastic to have welcomed a total of 39 new nurse graduates in 2017.
“The graduate nurses will work in a variety of clinical areas including emergency, surgical, acute medical, maternity, aged care and for the first-time community and allied health.”
“We welcome them to our team, congratulate them on choosing such a fulfilling vocation and hope they enjoy the diverse range of professional experiences available in our region.”
The latest group of graduates have been allocated to health facilities in Augathella, Charleville, Cunnamulla, Injune, Mitchell, Mungindi, Quilpie, Roma, St George, Surat and Thargomindah.
Ms Murray says the South West HHS was committed to providing training opportunities for graduate nurses, who will complete a 12-month program to assist in the transition from study to full-time work.
“This will be the first time our graduate nurses have the opportunity to partake in a Transition to Rural Nursing Program which is endorsed by the University of Southern Queensland.”
Alongside their colleagues the graduates also have access to new, high-tech training mannequins recently leased by the South West HHS.
Nurse Director of Education Leanne Raatz said the mannequins were an innovative way of providing all staff with the latest Basic Life Support (BLS) training and skills maintenance.
“The South West HHS has leased three portable kits and one portable cart fitted with an adult and infant mannequin and laptops that measures the quality of CPR being performed during compulsory BLS training.”
“The clinician receives real-time verbal and visual feedback when performing compressions and ventilations, and after the skills have been completed the software measures the quality of CPR delivered and gives the clinician an overall score,” she said.