20 February, 2023
New nurses coming to Gilgandra MPS
A record number of graduate nurses will beginning their careers in western NSW, including a few at Gilgandra Multi-Purpose Service (MPS) later this year.
Adrian Fahy, WNSWLHD director
of quality, clinical safety and nursing,
extended a warm welcome to this year’s
intake of 168 graduate nurses, which
marks a significant increase from last
“We are incredibly excited to welcome
such a big group of graduate nurses,
many of whom have already started
work in the district this week through
their orientation process,” Mr Fahy said.
“To continue building our nursing
workforce, we significantly increased the
number of graduate nurse positions
available in 2023, and have an additional
67 compared to last year’s intake of 101.
“We’re also thrilled that more than 50
of this year’s intake will begin their
career in small, rural facilities, which
will provide an incredible boost to those
areas and their communities.
“Over the next 12 months our new
nurses will gain valuable experience
across a range of different areas of nursing,
and in many specialities we have not
been able to offer before.”
Isabella Meere is one of the 53 graduate
nurses that will begin in a rural
facility. Following orientation in Dubbo,
Ms Meere will spend the next 12 months
working at Walgett Multi-Purpose Service.
“I’m from Canberra originally, but I
did two professional experience placements
in my third year at Walgett with
uni and I absolutely loved it.
“I learned so much and wanted to
spend 12 months there to further build
my skills,” Ms Meere said.
“They have an emergency department, a renal dialysis unit, residential aged-care and community health service, all operating from the MPS, which is a really good opportunity for career growth.”