Bendigo Health has welcomed 42 newly registered nurses who are set to commence their nursing careers this year.
The 12-month graduate nurse program at Bendigo Health is designed to support nurses who have just completed their nursing studies to make the transition into the health services industry.
Bendigo Health’s executive director of nursing Peter Faulkner said it was always a new and exciting time for the graduates.
This year graduate nurses have come to Bendigo Health from universities across Victoria, with the majority of applicants from La Trobe University, Bendigo.
“Over the past five years, Bendigo Health has retained more than 80 per cent of its graduate nurses," Mr Faulkner said.
Graduate nurse program coordinator Jenny Boak said she was very excited for the new graduates.
"The graduates get to choose which areas they go to as part of the rotation program,"
"They hit the wards next week. They're pretty nervous at the moment but they will be well supported by the clinical support nurses and the staff on the wards," she said.
The nurse graduates will complete orientation this week and visit their first rotation department ahead of their official start day on Monday.