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Nurse graduates begin careers

Monday, January 30, 2017

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Bendigo Health this week welcomes 52 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. 

This year’s graduates includes 33 general stream Registered Nurses, 13 mental health nurses, two paediatric and neonatal care specific graduates and four aged care specific nurse graduates.

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.

“Last week we moved into the new Bendigo Hospital and it’s exciting that this group of nurses will start their careers in a world class facility,” he said.

“For these graduates, who make the transition from student to health professional, it 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 a five-day orientation program this week ahead of their official start on Monday.

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