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Graduate Nurses Begin Their DDHS Career

Fifty two new nurses have begun their journey with Darling Downs Health last week, starting their graduate program with four days of orientation.

Nursing and Midwifery Services Executive Director Andrea Nagle welcomed the 2020 cohort, and said, “The graduate program is a great opportunity for the participants to familiarise themselves with our values and vision, as well as learn more about their colleagues and new careers.”

“We look forward to supporting them in their transition to registered nursing positions,” Ms Nagle said. “It’s an exciting time for these nurses as they are commencing their nursing careers during International
Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.”

“It is our year to showcase the incredible work our nurses do in providing care to patients from pregnancy and birth, through to end-of-life care.” The new graduate nurses will be located across Darling Downs Health facilities.

Nurses Maddison Britain and Hayley Weise

Graduate nurse Maddison Britain said she was excited to start her career as a graduate nurse on the surgical ward at Toowoomba Hospital. “I wanted to be a nurse after having many family experiences in hospitals growing up and seeing how the nurses cared for patients inspired me to do the same,” Ms Britain said. “I am really looking forward to this learning experience and being exposed to different areas of nursing on the surgical ward.”

Graduate nurse Hayley Weise is heading to Medical Unit Three at Toowoomba Hospital and said she islooking forward to learning new skills in a practical environment. “I chose nursing as my career as I wanted to help make someone’s worst day into something better by
being a helpful person,” Ms Weise said.

Maddison and Hayley will be one of 36 early-career nurses to start at Toowoomba Hospital this year. The graduate program is for 12 months and is an opportunity for the nurses to put everything they have learned at university into practice.

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