KICK START: New graduate nurses and midwives are taking up rounds at the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.
KICK START: New graduate nurses and midwives are taking up rounds at the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital. David Barwell

78 graduate nurses start work at district hospitals

SEVENTY-EIGHT graduate nurses and midwives will start their careers in the Mid North Coast Local Health District this year.

Graduate nurse Samantha Greenwood will provide life-saving care and treatment at the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.

Ms Greenwood said she decided to pursue a career in health care after her father underwent treatment for cancer.

"I decided to do a degree in medicine after my dad became sick," Ms Greenwood said.

"It's a job where you're helping people every day and it's very rewarding."

Thirty-one new nurses and midwives will work at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus and others have placements in areas including Bellingen and Macksville.

Wade Johnston, who studied at the University of New England, started work at Coffs Harbour's emergency department.

"In emergency, you're always busy but every day is rewarding," Mr Johnston said.

"We're very well supported by staff and full-time nurse educators"

The 31 recruits at the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital include 28 registered nurses, three mental health nurses and three midwives.

Director of nursing and midwifery Joanne Uttley welcomed the new nurses and midwives.

"Each graduate is placed on rosters and is working within a close team environment," Ms Uttley said.

"It's very exciting to see their enthusiasm." They are among 1800 who will begin their careers in 139 NSW hospitals.



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