La Trobe nurses in high demand

Nursing university graduates continue to be in high demand, with most securing employment before they even finish their studies.

Thirty nurses finished their nursing degree at La Trobe University’s Mildura Campus in 2017.  Fifteen graduates were snapped up locally by the Mildura Base Hospital into their Graduate Nurse programs. Eleven students received places in the General Graduate Nurse Program, two in the Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program, and a further two La Trobe Midwifery graduates employed in the Midwifery Graduate Nurse Program.

Julia Morgan, CEO of Mildura Base Hospital, says providing meaningful careers for locals is important to Ramsay Health Care.

“This year the hospital employed sixteen nurses into our General Graduate Nursing Program. It’s fantastic that eleven of them studied locally with La Trobe University.  Another two local students also picked up roles in our Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program.” she said.

“Our Graduate Nurse Programs are a great stepping stone for a nursing university graduate, as they provide a supportive work environment for new practitioners to consolidate their theoretical and clinical skills,” Ms Morgan said

The program incorporates a 2-week orientation, six paid study days and a three of clinical rotations to assist graduates to diversify their skills.

Mildura Base Hospital recognises the importance of supporting clinical placements for local undergraduate students completing their Bachelor Degree in Nursing, with the hospital providing 513 undergraduate placements in 2017. Ms Morgan said, “The relationship between La Trobe and Mildura Base Hospital is vital to ensure students are provided the essential training and experience required to successfully complete their Bachelor Degree in nursing whilst studying locally.”

“Mildura Base Hospital and La Trobe University also work closely in running and facilitating a nursing as a careers day twice as year for local high school students. The aim of the day is for year 10 and 11’s to learn what it’s like to be a nurse and the various career pathways available in the Sunraysia region,” Ms Morgan said.

Tara Williams, Health Science Campus Lead, says regional university nursing students are highly sought after. “Our students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of clinical placement experiences.  This diversity is a huge advantage when they go on to apply for their first nursing roles.”

“We love seeing our nurses picked up locally.  Many of them have aspirations to study local and stay local.  Last year we also had students secure roles at the Royal Children’s, Alfred and St Vincent Hospitals in Melbourne,” Ms Williams said.

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