More than 100 graduate nurses and midwives this week began their careers at Bendigo Health.
Intake for the program has risen steadily over the years, prompted by increased services and opportunity for staff.
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer David Rosaia said the new cohorts of graduates brought an impetus to the organisation each year.
“It’s fantastic that we’ve got to 100 graduates, up from about 80 last year. Our graduate program is a great source of recruitment and our numbers continue to grow,” he said.
Mr Rosaia said the new cohort had a 50:50 split between local and those from across the state.
“We’re getting more and more people from metro and other regional areas, that shows to me people want to work at Bendigo Health,” he said.
The 2021 graduates will commence a range of programs, covering areas such as aged care, midwifery, mental health, paediatrics, neonatal care and perioperative nursing. Each program is designed to support the transition of the graduate into their new career.
This year, Bendigo Health has a new Enrolled Nursing Graduate Program. The six-month program offers career opportunities in rehabilitation, mental health and residential aged care. All of our graduate programs offer ongoing employment in a wide range of clinical areas.
Bendigo-based nurse Emily Griffiths will begin her career in the perioperative stream.
“Being in theatre and scrubbing up, I’m very excited for it. I’m excited to see where my nursing career takes me,” she said.
Corrie Puschenjak, from the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, chose Bendigo as his Dad was living here.
“I’ve had a really good experiences of the area and wanted to explore it a bit more,” he said.