NEW SKILLS: Graduate Amber Goodwin is one of 74 first year new graduates who will be working in hospitals across the Richmond area.
NEW SKILLS: Graduate Amber Goodwin is one of 74 first year new graduates who will be working in hospitals across the Richmond area. Marc Stapelberg

Nursing and midwifery graduates prepare for year-long placements

A TOTAL of 74 new nurses and midwives will undertake their first graduate year here on the Northern Rivers in 2016.

The graduates will work across Lismore Base Hospital and smaller hospitals in areas such as Kyogle and Nimbin.

Lismore Base Hospital nurse educator Charmaine Crispin said the graduates would be getting first hand experience through several hospital rotations.

"We're putting time and effort into young nurses to get them working as professionals," she said.

"Hopefully they will stay in our area and become expert clinicians."

Graduate Amber Goodwin said working with a mentor made the transition to the workforce a bit easier.

"There's specific people there to help us with our learning to make sure we come out on top," she said.

"There's such a great amount of experience in the workforce that's already there, so it's awesome to have their support."

Lismore MP Thomas George welcomed the new graduates.

"It's great for them because it gives them the opportunity to visit some of our smaller hospitals as well as being here in Lismore," he said.

"That will enhance their training - working in different environments with different staff."

Some of the graduates have travelled from as far south as Newcastle and as far north as Brisbane for the placement.



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