BASS Coast Health (BCH) is pleased to welcome the largest graduate nurse intake that the health service has ever had.

Sixteen graduate nurses, some who are local to Bass Coast and others who have relocated from within Victoria and interstate, started at BCH in February.

Graduate nurses will undertake either two six-month rotations, or three, four-month rotations depending on their discipline.

Rotations are undertaken in a number of clinical settings, including district nursing, emergency, sub-acute, acute, theatre and aged care, said BCH graduate coordinator Joanne O’Connor.

“I’m very excited and am looking forward to the year ahead. We are blessed to have such an excellent calibre of graduates and we are so pleased to be able to provide excellent support around them,” she said.

“Bass Coast Health is very focused on providing a positive training experience to our graduates with the hope they will continue to work with us, particularly given our growth with the Wonthaggi Hospital expansion project.”

Megan Glacken is undertaking the Endorsed Enrolled Nurse program and relocated from Cairns in far north Queensland to join the BCH team.

“I wanted a location change and I found during the interview with BCH that it was a supportive environment and its values of ‘WE CARE’ align with my own values,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing all the rotations. At the moment, I’m in theatre and then I will go to sub-acute and then aged care.”

Kristian Kumarich is also participating in the Endorsed Enrolled Nurse program, having relocated to the area from Dandenong.

“I came to Bass Coast Health because I was interested to see how a health service runs in a rural area.

“During my studies, I was in metropolitan health services that have extra resources and support each other,” he said.

As part of the graduates’ early training, the new team members took part in a simulated CPR exercise with BCH emergency physician Dr Jonathan Henry.

The Learning and Development team at BCH has recently expanded significantly to provide more extensive support and learning across the organisation – not only in clinical areas but also for non-clinical staff.

This growth has also been supplemented with the expansion of the hospital’s relationships with partners in universities and training centres.

For nurses specifically, BCH can employ a local student nurse into their service as a RUSON (Registered Undergraduate Student of Nursing).