A second group of eight new nurse graduates will begin work with the Central West Hospital
and Health Service on 3 July.

The eight are the last of 16 new nurse graduates joining Central West Health this year.

The first group of eight started their careers in the region in February.

Central West Health Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Lorraine Mathison said the
new nurses came from James Cook, Southern Queensland, Curtin and Flinders universities.

“Six are from Queensland, one from South Australia and one from Western Australia.’’

Ms Mathison said they would work in a variety of different clinical areas throughout the region
and initially would be allocated two each 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 for one of the new graduates, Beccarah Kuhrt from the University of Southern
Queensland, it would be like a home-coming.

“As a youngster, Beccarah went to Birdsville State School, so she’s no stranger to the Central
West region,’’ she said.

“And when she was doing her nursing degree at the University of Southern Queensland, she did
one of her student placements at Winton Multipurpose Health Service.

“When she applied for one of the nurse graduate positions here in the Central West, she
specifically made Winton her first preference as to where she wanted to be allocated.

“We were more than happy to accommodate her preference and she will be going to Winton
following her week’s orientation in Longreach.’’

“She certainly has a colourful resume. As well as her nursing skills, she is also proficient at
mustering and camp drafting and can drive trucks, tractors and forklifts.

“We are very excited to welcome Beccarah and her colleagues to our region 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 profession 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.’’

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