New nurses and midwifery graduates (from left) Patrick Peay, Hilary Timms, Roxanne Hagan, Tanya Fenwick and Rachel Van Raak-Shine at a presentation at Crawford House in Lismore. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
New nurses and midwifery graduates (from left) Patrick Peay, Hilary Timms, Roxanne Hagan, Tanya Fenwick and Rachel Van Raak-Shine at a presentation at Crawford House in Lismore. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

An inundation of new nurses

TODAY a total of 62 new graduate nurses and midwives will be welcomed into the district to begin working in our local hospitals.

In the Richmond area there are 18 fulltime new graduate registered nurses, who will undertake three placements of four months each.

The rotations include working in specialty areas such as operating theatres and mental health, as well as rural locations at Nimbin, Kyogle and Urbenville.

The Clarence Network has 12 new graduate nurses and midwives, who will rotate between Grafton Base and Maclean Hospitals, while the Tweed Byron Health Service Group has 32 new graduate nurses and midwives.

This year four will work in the Mental Health Service while the other 29 will work across The Tweed, Murwillumbah District, Byron District and Mullumbimby & District Memorial Hospitals.

Chris Crawford, Chief Executive, Northern NSW Local Health District said that Nurses and Midwives are a vital part of the health system, and he will be pleased to welcome them to the area.

"Our Clinical Nurse Educators play an essential role in orientating the new graduate nurses and midwives to the hospital environment, especially the acute care areas such as the Operating Theatre, Acute Surgical and Medical Wards and Mental Health Units," he said.

"These new nursing and midwifery positions provide opportunities for talented young health professionals to learn and grow as well as strengthening our health system."



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