State Government Victoria Australia Department of Health header
State Government Victoria
Victorian Government Health Information
Health Home
Main A to Z Index | Site Map | About Health  

June 2013

Group of people jpegParticipants (back) Alice Tindall, Alexandra Augustinus, Kate Nunn, Amelia Handscombe, Sarah Christie, (front) Tallen Brown, Jessica Brereton, Suzanne Carter, Abbie Soawyer, Garbrielle Cooter and Jessie Vanderelst.

Graduate nurses gather skills, experience

New nurses at Western District Health Service are taking part in the registered graduate program.

The graduates have completed a three-year Bachelor of Nursing degree at various Victorian universities.

Throughout the 12-month registered nurse graduate program, participants will rotate between the three WDHS campuses at Coleraine, Penshurst and Hamilton in aged care and acute care.

Along with clinical care, graduates will continue study sessions and complete a variety of assessment projects and competencies.

WDHS nurse educator Chris McGennisken said the graduate nursing program was a valuable component of the health service’s function as a teaching hospital.

‘We are able to attract such a diverse range of graduates because WDHS education staff attend nursing university open days in Warrnambool, Bendigo, Ballarat and Melbourne to encourage as much interest as possible in our programs,’ Ms McGennisken said.

WDHS Chief Executive Officer Jim Fletcher said the health service was committed to providing new nurses with a comprehensive range of experiences, supporting them to develop the skills and knowledge essential for a long-term contribution to the provision of high-quality healthcare for the community.

‘The graduate nurse program is an essential component of our health service’s future and I expect that, as has been the case in the past, most will seek ongoing employment with Western District Health Service at the end of their graduate year and become valued members of our clinical team,’ Mr Fletcher said.