15 February 2023

Murrumbidgee Local Health District welcomes new nursing graduates

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Newly graduated registered nurses, pictured outside Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, will start their careers in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. Photo: Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) is set to welcome 134 graduates for 2023.

Last week, 55 freshly graduated registered nurses began their new roles across 17 sites, with the remaining ones to start in May and August.

Director of nursing and midwifery Christine Stephens said the recruits were a welcome addition to the MLHD’s dedicated workforce.

She said they brought excitement and enthusiasm to start their careers as registered nurses.

“I want to extend a warm welcome to the local and metropolitan graduates commencing work with Murrumbidgee Local Health District,” Ms Stephens said.

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“We are pleased to provide employment opportunities to so many nursing graduates.

“Graduates relocating to MLHD bring their families and friends to our wonderful regional communities, enabling us to showcase what the district has to offer.”

Ms Stephens said the previous graduates had applauded the learning opportunities provided across the district through the regional facilities.

She said they had also welcomed the reward of working as part of local communities.

Ms Stephens said the new registered nurses would receive comprehensive mentoring and education to help them through the transition from university to the workplace.

“Each nurse is linked with local nursing and midwifery staff, educators and managers to ensure graduates have access to the support needed during their entry into the nursing workforce,” she said.

MLHD said in a statement that it provided a structured graduate program offering diverse clinical exposure and more opportunities to further the nurses’ education.

It said the graduates were offered such opportunities because of the variety of service delivery by regional and rural sites, which would enable the consolidation of skills and knowledge developed at university.

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MLHD said the new nurses would be aligned with cluster and facility groups and could link up via an array of virtual technologies to share information, learnings and experiences.

Ms Stephens said 2023 would bring exciting times for the new nurses.

“We hope that today marks a long and successful nursing career within Murrumbidgee Local Health District.”

Graduate nurses will begin work with MLHD in February 2023 at the following hospitals: Boorowa, Coolamon, Cootamundra, Corowa, Deniliquin, Griffith, Gundagai, Junee, Harden, Henty, Holbrook, Leeton, Narrandera, Temora, Tumut, Wagga Wagga, and Young.

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