Nine nurses who have registered for Anglicare’s New Graduate program will be starting their carers with the organisation on the 6 February 2017.
For the next 12 months these dedicated men and women will be supported through the program by Melissa Jansson, Anglicare’s Nurse Educator as well as onsite clinical educators.
“We are always looking for someone with a passion to care for our frail aged in a way that was person-centred,” Melissa explains.
“These new graduates have been exceptional in their willingness to learn, as well as their ability to meet the clinical challenges of our residents’ and clients’ increased health needs.”
For Seven Hills resident and Anglicare’s newest registered nurse, Natasha Woods, it was the values, mission and overall support provided by Anglicare that attracted her to the Graduate Nursing program.
“Apart from clinical placements, I don’t have on-the-job experience. So when I was looking for a Graduate Program, the organisation’s values and support were very important to me,” says Natasha.
“I hope through the program I will broaden my knowledge and confidence in all aspects of nursing skills and development. I’m especially interested in learning more about engaging and caring for those with dementia and other debilitating conditions that often affect the elderly.
“Being an aged care nurse is not just about caring for the elderly; you are also their support network, their company on some days in an unknown or lonely place. That’s why I want to be an aged care nurse, not only care for the elderly but also to have the time to listen and learn from them, to grow as a person and as a nurse.”
New graduates are rotated through various locations within Anglicare, where they are exposed to a wide variety of learning opportunities in caring for residents and clients with low and high care needs, as well as those requiring chronic and complex, dementia and palliative nursing care.
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