Mental health prevails for new recruits

WSLHD Mental Health Services acting director of nursing Ashley Baker welcomes the new graduate mental health nurses.

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has welcomed ten new graduate mental health nurses who have been working hard within our mental health services across the District.

WSLHD Mental Health Services acting director of nursing Ashley Baker is proud of the new recruits and happy to offer a helping hand to guide them through their year of training.

“This year we are looking at expanding the new graduate program to build a stronger workforce, which is exciting for mental health nursing,” Ashley said.

Bungaribee House new graduate registered nurse Sajeetha Raveendran decided to work in mental health when she was undergoing her clinical placement at Westmead Hospital.

“I really enjoy the hands-on work caring for people with a mental illness,” Sajeetha said.

“I’ve gained a lot of experience and confidence while working at Cumberland Hospital in the rehab unit and caring for patients with varying levels of illness.

“I’ve been working at Bungaribee House for the past two months and I’m learning more and more each day.

“I receive encouragement and ongoing support from my team members.

“I’m looking forward to a lengthy and rewarding career working in the mental health field in western Sydney.”

This Sunday is International Nurses Day. The day is observed around the world on 12 May every year, to mark the contributions that nurses and midwives make to society.