I was pleased to welcome eight graduate nurses who are starting their careers caring for patients and their families at Hornsby Hospital. Nurses are the backbone of the public health system and I know these bright and hardworking graduates will make a welcome addition at the hospital.
I was impressed as they hit the ground running, seeing patients on their very first day. Over the next twelve months they will be working in wards and services and completing two rotations.
Many are returning to the hospital having done training or worked at Hornsby in the past. They told me they picked this hospital because of its good reputation and the staff are friendly and helpful.
Around the clock, 365 days a year, these nurses will join a team who are on the frontline providing care to patients and support to their families.
I wish all our new starters the best of luck with their careers and again welcome the invaluable contribution they make to our health system.
This year there is a record number of graduate nurses and midwives – we have 51,000 nurses and midwives working in the NSW public health system – an all-time high – but we’re working hard to boost this vital workforce even further.
Since 2011, the NSW State Government has funded an additional 6,700 full-time equivalent nurses and midwives across NSW.
I hope you don’t find yourself in Hornsby Hospital but, if you do, you will be in good hands with these wonderful new nurses.