Hervey Bay hospital - (L) Carol Mitchell (clinical nurse educator) with new graduate Karen Borg (registered nurse).
Hervey Bay hospital - (L) Carol Mitchell (clinical nurse educator) with new graduate Karen Borg (registered nurse). Alistair Brightman

New nurses file in to help Coast

ELEVEN nurse graduates have settled in to work with the Fraser Coast Health Service after starting their positions at Hervey Bay and Maryborough hospitals earlier this month.

A total of 83 applications were received from throughout Australia and overseas from graduates seeking positions on the Fraser Coast, nurse educator Carol Mitchell said.

Ms Mitchell said 30 applicants had listed the Fraser Coast as their first preference.

“We were able to offer positions to 11 new graduates from across the Wide Bay and south-east Qld and interstate,” she said.

Of the 11 nurses, 10 will work in the acute care wards at Maryborough and Hervey Bay hospitals and one will join the aged care team at Maryborough’s Yaralla Place residential aged-care facility.

Ms Mitchell said the Fraser Coast Health Service continued to support local students at the University of Southern Queensland, contributing to their undergraduate clinical development and providing transitional support for their graduate year.

“We are proud to be the launching pad for these new nursing careers and hope their experience with us will entice them to stay in the area after the initial 12 months,” she said.

Ms Mitchell said the intake was slightly down on last year, primarily because of the retention of former graduates on previous programs.

“Fraser Coast Health Service nurtures and grows their own, so to speak,” she said.

“This has resulted in a high retention rate, which is the positive outcome we look for with this model.”

Fraser Coast Health Service will also host two indigenous nursing cadets following the successful implementation of the Queensland Health initiative in 2008-09.



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