Next generation of nurses and midwives start work

February 20, 2024 10:21 am in by
The new nurse graduates have started working at the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service this week.

105 registered nurses and 18 midwives are learning the ropes at Sunshine Coast University Hospital before starting in graduate positions in coming weeks.

The graduates are undertaking orientation, before completing hospital-specific training over the next two weeks.

The nurses will then take to the wards to contribute to providing care to the Sunshine Coast and Gympie community in medical, surgery and a variety of specialties.

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They will work at facilities across the region including Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Gympie Hospital, Nambour General Hospital and Caloundra Health Service.

Graduate nurse and midwife, Rachael Wake, said she moved from Victoria last year to continue her studies on the coast.

New nurse graduates Erik Solari, Hannah Lucas and Rachael Wake.

She said it has been a fantastic move.

“It’s such a beautiful place to live, really magnificent and I also heard a lot of good things about SCUH, a new hospital service, educational hospital and it’s just been really amazing, a really brilliant service and exceeded my expectations in that regard,” she said.

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“It has been a long time since I started to study to become a registered nurse. To finally be here on day number one, it’s a great opportunity to grow,” said graduate nurse Erik Solari.

The Graduate Coordinator Amanda Naumann said the health service is an “employer of choice in Queensland” and there is a lot of competition for places with around 400 applications for the 120 positions.

“They’re the future workforce for us here on the Sunshine Coast. We know that in the next five to ten years we have a large retirement age for our nurses and midwives and it’s really important to build our future needs,” she said.