Maranoa welcomes new nurse graduates to regional hospitals next month.
Two graduates will be starting in Roma, Injune, Mitchell and one graduate in Surat.
A total of 17 new graduates will be allocated across the South West with extra graduates allocated to surrounding regions such as St George, Mungindi, Dirranbandi and Charleville.
The industry ready nurses will work in a variety of different clinical areas throughout the region under the guidance of experienced nurses.
South West HHS Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Chris Small said the recent intake had smashed last year’s results by five new graduates.
“They will work in the areas of acute medical, surgical, maternity, emergency, aged care, community and primary health,’’ Mr Small explained.
“They will start work on the 15th February. We are hoping to recruit one additional graduate beforehand to make a total of 18 for the year. If successful, this graduate will be allocated to Charleville,’’ Mr Small says.
The 17 graduates will undertake a 12 month program to make the transition from study to full time work much easier.
“In the South West, we are currently retaining at least 70 per cent of all new nurse graduates that start work with us which is a very healthy retention rate for any rural and remote health service,” Mr Small says.
Mr Small was very proud at the particularly large intake this year and wished all new nurses luck with their promising careers.
“They have chosen a rewarding and fulfilling vocation that provides many pathways for career development and is a fabulous way of serving the community in which we live,’’ he says.
“We hope their first year of practice in the South West will open their eyes to the opportunities and diverse range of professional experiences available in our region and opt to continue their career with us in the future.”
The future is looking bright for nurses in the health sector, as rural nursing jobs are continuing to open the doors for permanent graduate jobs in the workforce.