THE 2013 intake of graduating nurses have given a great vote of confidence in Orange Health Service as a centre of excellence.
The reputation of Orange Health Service has advanced at a rapid rate since the opening of the new hospital and the 21 new nurses and one mid-wife feel fortunate to have gained positions at Orange.
For every position available at Orange for graduates there were more than two applicants, which shows how significant our health service is to the ongoing training of graduate nurses.
It is also interesting that none of them originate from Orange and many of them have decided to make the tree change to start their professional careers in this city.
I believe they could not make a better choice than to want to live here.
Orange has become the largest health precinct in inland New South Wales.
It is also very pleasing to note that about a quarter of this year's graduates have taken up jobs in rural hospitals.
There are more than 2000 graduates this year, which equates to about 500 new nurses appointed to rural hospitals.
This is fantastic news for health in regional NSW and shows that the NSW government is delivering to the bush after so many years in the wilderness under the former government.
During the election campaign the Liberals and Nationals promised that an additional 2475 nurses would be employed in NSW hospitals in its first term.
This week's graduate intake brings the number of additional nurses in not quite two years to more than 3000 nurses and midwives.
Second round of youth funding
APPLICATIONS are now open for the second round of Youth Opportunities funding.
This funding is available for youth-led and youth-managed community projects that enable young people to lead and participate in community development activities.
Previously funded projects include social media and community forums and training for young people in organising drug and alcohol free music events.
Further details can be found at www.youth.nsw.gov/au/youth_opportunities.html.