Nurturing the next generation: Over 360 new graduate nurses and midwives join Western Sydney Local Health District

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More than 360 graduate nurses and midwives will start work across Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) this year, providing a significant boost to local health services.

This cohort of 365 graduate nurses and nine graduate midwives join the district in roles across Westmead, Blacktown, Mount Druitt, and Auburn hospitals, as well as the district’s Integrated and Community Health, Drug Health and Mental Health facilities.

“I look forward to seeing the next generation moving through the ranks while having direct access and exposure to some of Australia’s best healthcare research and innovation at our district,” WSLHD Chief Executive Graeme Loy said.

WSLHD Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery, Maria Lingam, has welcomed the graduates and thanked them for choosing a rewarding career with WSLHD.

“These new nurses and midwives will play a vital role in supporting our district’s essential health services and providing our patients with high quality and compassionate care,” Maria said.

“Kindness and compassion are key components of how we work here at western Sydney. Kindness to each other, and being compassionate to our patients who come to us when they are at their most vulnerable are values which we demonstrate and hope to instil in every new nursing and midwifery graduate which has begun their clinical career at our district. ”

“We continue to focus on ensuring that each graduate nurse and midwife is supported through established frameworks and guidelines, including a robust network that they can access for further support throughout their career.

The new graduates will commence at the district after completing their Nursing and Midwifery degrees, and this new cohort will provide a fresh perspective to the nursing and midwifery field.

They will begin their rotations supported by clinical nurse and midwifery educators, being assigned to work in different clinical areas or departments across the duration of the program to allow them to gain experience across a broad range of clinical settings, as well as in community healthcare.

More information on careers in nursing and midwifery can be found here.