Adelaide hospitals welcome record-breaking graduate nurse intake

More than 300 graduate nurses have been recruited to work at Central Adelaide Local Health Network – its largest ever graduate nurse intake.

Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) has announced its largest ever graduate nurse intake.

Surpassing previous records, more than 300 graduate nurses have been recruited, with 314 fresh faces joining various sites within CALHN, including the esteemed Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Royal Adelaide Hospital, where 63 nurses commenced duties.

“This intake of graduate nurses and midwives will strengthen staffing across the state, and further bolster the health workforce,” Premier Peter Malinauskas says.

This momentous recruitment drive is part of the 2024 Transition to Professional Practice Program, which aims to provide graduates with comprehensive education and supported on-the-job training over a 12-month placement to enhance their clinical skills and experience.

The infusion of these new recruits not only strengthens existing nursing and midwifery teams but also fosters positive relationships and provides crucial support for graduates to navigate their new roles and practice environments with confidence.

“Our nurses and midwives work tirelessly to provide compassionate and expert care for unwell and injured South Australians during their time of need,” Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Chris Picton, says.

“It’s fantastic to have such a large and dedicated new group joining our workforce, including the biggest ever intake at Central Adelaide Local Health Network.”

The 2024 intake comprises 758 nurses and 74 midwives, showcasing the program’s expansive reach and commitment to nurturing talent in the healthcare sector. CALHN’s recruitment milestone follows a steady increase over the years, with the current intake surpassing previous records, highlighting the growing demand for skilled healthcare professionals.

In addition to the urban hospitals, the program’s success extends to regional areas, with 206 nurses and midwives set to contribute to healthcare delivery across six regional Local Health Networks. Notably, the Limestone Coast Local Health Network welcomes 49 nursing graduates and 8 midwifery graduates, underscoring the program’s positive impact on regional healthcare services.

The Transition to Professional Practice Program not only supports graduates in their professional journey but also addresses critical workforce needs in South Australia.

More information on the nurse graduate program can be found at Transition to Professional Practice Program.

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