Bendigo Health has welcomed 68 newly registered nurses and midwives for its first 2018 graduate program intake.
Acting chief nursing and midwifery officer Paul Rumpff said it was “fantastic” to welcome all of the new nurses and midwives and it was great to meet the graduates who will be the future of Bendigo Health.
“it is a highlight of every year to welcome our new nurses and midwives. I remember my first placement in the surgical unit at Eastern Health fondly, it is a great year when everything you learned translates into practice, you experience caring for our own patients and form lifelong friendships with your peers.”
“Our graduates are our workforce of the future and Bendigo Health is proud to offer a diverse range of programs that meet the needs of the graduates, the health service and the community.”
Graduate nurse David Townsend first started at Bendigo Health five years ago as an enrolled nurse before training to become a registered nurse.
“That set me up really well and I’ve been in a really supportive environment so it’s made me want to advance and become a registered nurse,” Mr Townsend said.
Mr Townsend’s role will involve nursing within areas of the hospital that focus on cardiac and oncology patients, and also community nursing where he will visit patients in their own home.
Above all Mr Townsend is looking forward to making a difference to patient’s lives.
“The reward of somebody trusting you so much that their life is in your hands, and the thanks that I will get from all the little things that we do, it really makes a difference.”
Graduate nurse Abbey Lybyk has recently moved from Geelong to Bendigo to start the graduate program.
“I’m very, very excited, a little bit nervous as well,” Ms Lybyk said.
“I am excited to get started and become a nurse, it’s going to be very different compared to placement.”
Ms Lybyk said her sister is a nurse, and after she noticed her confidence increase after commencing her work, she decided to follow in her footsteps.
“My role as a nurse will be in day stay, so I would like to consolidate my knowledge in this area and then gain experience within the operating theatre, and to become more confident with my knowledge and skills.”
Graduate nurse James Allan made the switch to nursing from his previous job working as an electrician because he wanted to “make a difference to people’s lives”.
“The best part is being able to put back into the community and help a town that I’m very proud of,” Mr Allan said.
“I live in Bendigo, it is a place where I want to work and help the community.”