A second group of eight new nurse graduates will begin work with the Central West Hospital and Health Service on 3 July.
Central West Health Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Lorraine Mathison says the new nurses came from James Cook, Southern Queensland, Curtin and Flinders universities.
“Six are from Queensland, one from South Australia and one from Western Australia.’’
Ms Mathison says they would work in a variety of different clinical areas throughout the region and initially would be allocated two each to the hospitals at Winton, Barcaldine, Blackall and Longreach.
“They will work in the clinical areas of acute medical, surgical, emergency, community and primary health and also support the hospital-based ambulance.
For one of the new graduates, Beccarah Kuhrt from the University of Southern Queensland, it would be like a home-coming.
As a youngster, Beccarah went to Birdsville State School, so she’s no stranger to the Central West region and when she was doing her nursing degree at the University of Southern Queensland, she did one of her student placements at Winton Multipurpose Health Service.
Ms Mathison said the new nurses would undertake a 12-month graduate transition program that involved theoretical and practical assessments.
“We hope their first year of practice in the Central 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.’’