ORANGE Health Service and Bloomfield this week welcomed 33 new graduate registered nurses and registered midwives who will be working in a variety of areas at the hospital.
“The world is their oyster now as far as extending their training goes,” director of nursing Sue Patteson said.
Of the 67 new graduates to join the Western NSW Local Health District workforce almost half have been allocated to Orange.
The Transition to Practice program provides ongoing education and support for nurses and midwives to enable them to transition from a novice to an advanced beginner nurse.
In Orange eight of the nurses and midwives will work in the general hospital area with 25 to work in mental health on the Bloomfield campus.
Ms Patteson said the diversity of the Orange campus was a big attraction and a key factor in retaining nurses who want to specialise.
“They now have so many opportunities before them with anything from cancer care to intensive care or coronary care,” Ms Patteson said.
Member for Orange Andrew Gee welcomed the nurses and midwives on their first day in Orange, telling them they should never underestimate how much the community respect what they do and how much nurses are valued in rural areas.
“I’m going out on a limb here to say people living in city areas take your work for granted - I think it is valued more in the country,” he said.
He told the nurses the facilities in Orange were world class.
“And we have an unbeatable quality of life and we welcome you with open arms,” he said.