Nursing and midwifery recruits join the ranks
Newly graduated nurses and midwives have kick-started their careers at SESLHD, with 247 fresh-faced graduates joining us as part of the District's 2021 nursing and midwifery intake.
Kim Olesen, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services, SESLHD, said the new starters have already began making a profound impact on our community.
"The contribution of nurses and midwives to our patients and their families is invaluable, particularly at this unique time during the COVID-19 pandemic," Ms Olesen said. "I wish them all the best as they embark on their rewarding careers."
While she wasn't specifically named after the world's most famous nurse, it seems a fortuitous fit that Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital new graduate nurse Florence P Joy will spend the next couple of years working on a campus best known by the community for its Victorian-style Nightingale Wing.
"I spent my placement here at Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital last year and really liked it, so was happy when I received the offer to join as a graduate," Ms Joy said.
"My mum is a nurse and I like helping people, which are the reasons I was inspired to study nursing. I'm looking forward to a career where I'll be able to contribute to the community."
Over at the Royal Hospital for Women, Natasha Joyce, who is excited to begin her career in midwifery, said she has always been passionate about women's health and in particular pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
"As a midwife I consider myself an advocate for women in all situations, through the provision of quality, woman-centred care," Ms Joyce said. "I look forward to working one-on-one with women and their families, as they navigate a particularly vulnerable stage of life."
New graduate nurse Skye Wilson, whose first rotation is in theatres at Prince of Wales Hospital, said she is most excited about meeting the team she'll be working with.
"Prince of Wales was my first GradStart preference - I had heard that a lot of staff who start working here don't ever want to leave – and I think that's a pretty good sign it's a great hospital to be a part of," Ms Wilson said.
"The education team has helped us ease into our new roles during orientation, so I'm feeling ready to be on the floor. They let us ask endless questions, which I was really grateful for!"