Mackay HHS has celebrated the completion of its 2019 Nursing and Midwifery Graduate Program.
The program provided clinically supervised placements to more than 60 nurses and midwives over 12 months at Mackay Base Hospital and seven rural hospitals.
Nurse educator Julie Phillipson said graduates worked across any of the 25 clinical areas within the health service.
“Rotations were undertaken in mental health, emergency, renal, medical, cardiac, surgical, oncology and theatres to gain experience in a range of nursing specialties,” Julie said.
“The graduates are well supported throughout the program with mentoring, theoretical and clinical guidance to ensure we build confident and competent nurses.”
Many nurses have chosen to stay with MHHS, reflecting our greater plan to “grow our own talent” and support Queensland Health’s commitment to provide jobs to locals.
Claire Kelly completed her graduate program with Mackay HHS at Dysart Hospital and the Base Hospital’s general surgical unit.
She says the rural and regional aspect of the program is highly beneficial to emerging nurses.
“Being able to complete two different rotations under the graduate program meant I could experience a broader scope of practice,” Claire said.
“I gained the specialised skills a surgical nurse requires in theatre while the rural placement at Dysart Hospital grew my confidence through a greater sense of autonomy and responsibility under a fantastic multidisciplinary team.”
Applications for the 2021 Mackay HHS Graduate Nurse Program opens in July 2020. More information available here https://bit.ly/2vXiHhz.
Amie Galletly | Communications Officer| 4885 6808