Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Jacqui Cross, visits Westmead Hospital to welcome record number of graduates

Maria Lingam (WSLHD Director of Nursing and Midwifery), Jacqui Cross (Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer), Graeme Loy (WSLHD Chief Executive)

Jacqui Cross, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, popped into Westmead Hospital to join the executive to deliver a warm welcome and big thanks to some of the new nursing and midwifery graduates starting in Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).

WSLHD has a record number of new nursing and midwifery graduates starting in the district this year with 520 new frontline clinicians set to bring world-class care for patients across Auburn, Blacktown, Mount Druitt and Westmead hospitals, as well as drug health, mental health and integrated & community health care.

Jacqui attended one of the district’s orientation days at Westmead Hospital and said she was thrilled a record number had signed on for these rich and rewarding careers in WSLHD.

“I look forward to seeing as many of you as I can on site visits. After a few years of not being able to move about as freely, I am hoping to cover many kilometres and speak with as many nurses and midwives as I can this year.

“I also look forward to continuing to work with the Local Health District and facility Directors of Nursing and Midwifery across the state, supporting the work in our local health districts and speciality networks, and collaborating on projects and initiatives.”

Registered Nurse Hwei Ying Hsu is excited to be continuing her work at WSLHD, in a new graduate role and said, “For the past few years, I have worked with the Patient Flow team at Westmead Hospital, and this has inspired me to complete my nursing degree and continue on a career pathway that supports my passion for helping others and giving back to the community.

“A future at Westmead Hospital has always been my dream goal, and I cannot wait to be a part of the team and support patients through their healthcare journey.”

Also joining WSLHD as one of the record-breaking number of new graduate nurses is Jessica Fleming.

Jessica is joining the team at Westmead Hospital, and is thrilled about the multiple specialties she’ll be able to access.

“I completed my degree at the University of Sydney learning space within Westmead Hospital, and have had the opportunity to complete the majority of my placements at Westmead. During each placement, I learned many valuable skills and gained knowledge from experienced nurses from various wards.”