New wave of nursing and midwifery graduates join Western Sydney hospitals

Blacktown Hospital new graduate nurses Albert Jameel, Chelsea Holt, Maree Khattar and Khushpreet Kaur.

More than 300 new nurses and midwives will join Western Sydney hospitals this year as part of the annual graduate intake and under the NSW Government’s record $2.8 billion investment to boost frontline health workers by 8300 over four years.

The nurses and midwives have joined WSLHD hospitals at Auburn, Blacktown, Mount Druitt and Westmead, as well as the district’s mental health and drug and alcohol services.

Westmead Hospital registered nurse Mitch Sharpe, a former hospital orderly, said his lifelong goal is to work in emergency or intensive care.

“It feels great that I’ve finished university and can start work – it’s the start of a new journey,” Mitch said.

Westmead Hospital new graduate nurses and midwives.

WSLHD Director of Nursing and Midwifery and Clinical Governance Caroline Farmer said the new graduates will work in all clinical areas including paediatrics, emergency and operating theatres.

 “As our community increases in size, so are we,” Caroline said.

 “These graduates will add to our existing workforce of more than 4,600 nursing and midwifery staff.

 “Congratulations to our graduates. I trust they will have a fulfilled and satisfying career serving western Sydney,”

 The new nurses and midwives will commence the GradStart and MidStart program at WSLHD, which allows candidates to participate in two six month rotations to a ward or area of their choice.

WSLHD graduate numbers: 

  • Westmead Hospital – 140 registered nurses, 20 registered midwives
  • Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals – 90 registered nurses, 10 registered midwives
  • Auburn Hospital – 10 registered nurses, 4 registered midwives
  • Community Health – 10 registered nurses, 6 starting in May
  • Mental Health – 20 registered nurses, 5 start in May

NSW has boosted its nursing and midwifery graduate positions by 58 per cent since 2011, with about 2600 graduates to launch their careers at 130 public hospitals and health services this year.

Auburn Hospital new graduate midwives Thao-Vi Van, Danya El-baf, Sanjani Sharma and clinical nurse educator Tracey Brown.

The NSW Government has committed to the largest Australian healthcare workforce boost of an extra 5000 nurses and midwives across regional and metropolitan areas over four years.

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