Nurse bank celebrates one year

WSLHD Nursing and Midwifery celebrated Nurse Bank turning one on 27 February with a morning tea for nursing and midwifery staff.

Nurse Bank was established to maintain a highly skilled and mobile workforce of nursing and midwifery staff, to work across the district.

The bank recruits and employs assistant in nurses, enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives to backfill temporary nursing and midwifery vacancies across the district – a model that differs from a casual pool.

The morning tea was an opportunity to promote and celebrate the achievements of Nurse Bank staff spoke of their experiences.

Joanne Edwards, WSLHD executive director Nursing & Midwifery and Clinical Governance, outlined the benefits of Nurse Bank, while Westmead nurse manager Natalie Wearne provided an overview of the current state and future of the Nurse Bank.

Westmead Hospital’s Post Anaesthetic Recovery department nursing unit manager Trevor Court spoke about the benefits of using the Nurse Bank to assist with staffing within his department.

WSLHD Nurse Bank is looking forward to continuing to work with nursing and midwifery to support staffing across the district.

For further information about the WSLHD Nurse Bank model, contact 8890 3873 or email WSLHD-NURSEBANK@health.nsw.gov.au

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