Nurse Graduates Begin Careers
Friday, January 29, 2016
Bendigo Health this week welcomes 40 newly registered nurses who are set to commence their nursing careers at Bendigo Health.
The 12 month graduate nurse program at Bendigo Health is designed to support nurses who have completed their nursing studies to make the transition to a practicing professional within the health services industry.
Within the General Stream program there are 30 Registered Nurses and six Enrolled Nurses.
This year, Bendigo Health also offers an Aged Care specific program with four Registered Nurses participating in the Certificate of Gerontological Nursing.
Bendigo Health also supports an additional four graduate nurses from two regional health services, Inglewood and District Health Service and Heathcote Health Service.
Bendigo Health’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Peter Faulkner welcomed the new cohort of nurse graduates and said they arrived at a very exciting time for the organisation.
“We are around 12 months out from moving into the world class new Bendigo hospital, which is very exciting in itself,” he said.
“For these graduates, who make the transition from student to health professional, it is even more exciting and represents a key milestone in their careers.
“Bendigo Health is delighted to have continued funding support from the state government to provide this crucial professional stepping stone on what we hope is a long and fruitful professional journey.
“The program we offer is popular amongst graduates who receive exposure to a number of different clinical areas, as each graduate spends four months in a clinical area before moving to the next.”
This year, graduate nurses have come to Bendigo Health from universities across Victoria and South Australia, with the majority of applicants from La Trobe University, Bendigo.
“Over the past five years, Bendigo Health has retained more than 80 per cent of its graduate nurses, raising the professional development of the nursing workforce at the organisation,” Mr Faulkner said.
The nurse graduates will complete orientation this week ahead of their official start on Monday.