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Cura Day Hospitals Group Launches Graduate Nurse Program For 2023

Cura Day Hospitals Group has launched an exciting new pilot program to help support the next generation of nurses to reach their full potential.

Interviews are currently taking place for the selection of 12 graduates for the Cura Southern Region Graduate Nurse program for 2023.

Graduate Program Coordinator Kerry Pontin said the program enables them to develop their professional and clinical skills in peri-operative nursing, in particular day surgery.

“Perioperative nursing and day surgery are often not part of undergraduate nursing clinical placement,” Ms Pontin said.

“With a structured graduate program and clinical support, the nurses will be guided and develop both their clinical skills and confidence in the day surgery setting.”

The program provides the nurses with an opportunity to continue their career progression with Cura Day Hospitals Group upon completion of the year, in the clinical areas of day surgery including scrub, scout, anaesthetics, PACU and oncology (in one of our sites).

“My role as Graduate Coordinator will be to guide and support the nurses, creating a positive learning environment throughout their twelve months,” 
Ms Pontin said.

Victoria Parade Surgery Centre CEO and Director of Nursing Donna McKendry said it is a workforce initiative that not only provides opportunities for newly graduated registered nurses but also addresses the current workforce shortage.

“The recent pandemic has shown the whole world the importance of healthcare workers in providing essential services to the community and the ability to provide nursing care to patients when they are often at their most vulnerable,” she said.

Ms McKendry said the formal program gives the nurses time and space to adapt and transition into the clinical setting.

As well as onsite preceptors, there will be monthly online tutorials for graduates to share and reflect on their learning and explore clinical scenarios.

“The program encourages development and fosters ongoing learning for all nurses in our clinical teams and promotes best practice and excellence within our facilities,” Ms McKendry said.

“It is a very satisfying and rewarding career and I look forward to seeing how this program helps shape competent and compassionate nurses over the next few years.”

Cura Day Hospitals Group is the leading provider of private hospitals in Australia, specialising in the day procedure sector.

All facilities aim to meet or exceed quality standards and provide the best patient care across the country.

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