Above photo: Central West Hospital and Health Service new nurse graduates ready to start work – from left – Rochelle Picton, Sarah Judd, Jasmine Picton, Georgia Picken, Julie Habiatan, Rachael Pitt, Patricia West-McInness and Vicki Bullock.

The Central West Hospital and Health Service will welcome 16 new nurse graduates to the
region during the course of the year.

Central West Health Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Lorraine Mathison said the
new nurses would work in a variety of different clinical areas throughout the region.

Ms Mathison said the graduate nurses would be allocated to the hospitals at Winton,
Barcaldine, Blackall and Longreach.

“They will work in the clinical areas of acute medical, surgical, emergency, community and
primary health and also support the hospital-based ambulance,’’ she said.

Ms Mathison said the first eight graduates would start work on 6 February, with a week of
orientation, and the remainder would start in July.

“This year, and quite unusually, our new nurse graduates include a set of twins who have
chosen to start their nursing careers with us,’’ she said.

“The twins, Rochelle and Jasmine Picton, are both from Enoggera in Brisbane and took their
nursing degrees at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

“Rochelle will be allocated to Longreach Hospital, while Jasmine will go to Blackall after their
week of orientation here in Longreach.

“We are very excited to welcome these new nurses as they begin their careers with Central
West Health.

“As a health service, we are committed to providing training opportunities for graduate nurses.

“They are an important part of our team, and we value the contribution they will make.’’
Ms Mathison said the new nurses would undertake a 12-month graduate transition program that
involved theoretical and practical assessments.

“Graduate nurses are provided support and mentorship by experienced staff to help make the
transition from studying at university to life in the workforce,’’ she said.

“They have chosen a rewarding and fulfilling vocation that provides many pathways for career
development, and is a fabulous way of serving the community in which we live.

“We hope their first year of practice in the Central West will open their eyes to the opportunities
and diverse range of professional experiences available in our region and opt to continue their
career with us in the future.’’

Ms Mathison said four of last year’s intake of 17 nursing and midwifery graduates had chosen to
continue working with Central West Health upon completing their transition program.