Record number of nurse and midwife graduates join ranks

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

St George Hospital is set to get a boost with 135 graduate nurses and midwives launching their careers by caring for patients and their families.

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP, personally congratulated the new nursing and midwifery recruits who will be working in wards and services.

“Nurses and midwives are the backbone of the public health system and I am delighted to welcome them to our neck of the woods,” Mr Coure said.

“Around the clock, 365 days a year, our nurses and midwives are on the frontline of the NSW health system 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.”

More than 2,400 graduate nurses and midwives are launching their careers at hospitals and health services across NSW, including a third that will work in rural and regional hospitals.

“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,” Mr Coure said.

As part of NSW Government’s election commitment, $9.8 million has been allocated in 2017-18 to recruit 55 more specialist nurses and midwives, 10 mental health clinical nurse educators to support new graduates and undergraduates as well as 30 clinical support officers for nurses and midwifery services.

Across the entire frontline medical workforce – including nurses, midwives, doctors, allied health professionals and hospital support staff – the NSW Government has already exceeded its election commitment by 1000 positions.

Since 2011, the NSW Government has funded an additional 6,700 full-time equivalent nurses and midwives across NSW.