Coast welcomes 105 new nursing and midwifery graduates

New nurses on the Central Coast

Public health care has received a boost with 105 new nursing and midwifery graduates launching their careers at Wyong, Gosford and Woy Woy hospitals.

Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Central Coast Local Health District, Lynne Bickerstaff, said the 99 new graduate registered nurses would be working in clinical areas including paediatrics, surgery, medicine, aged care, mental health, critical care and rehabilitation.

“Our six new graduate midwives will work across different areas in maternity services at Gosford Hospital,” she said.

Parliamentary Secretary for Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said he was very pleased to welcome the new nursing and midwifery graduates.

“Around the clock, 365 days a year, our nurses and midwives are on the front line of the NSW public health system,” he said.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded all of us that nurses, midwives, doctors, allied health professionals and other health staff play a critical role in keeping our community safe and well.

“Being the very proud husband of a nurse has given me a unique insight into the dedication of these staff.

“Working as a health care professional is more than a job, it’s a vocation.”

Crouch said that more than 2,500 graduate nurses and midwives would start work at about 130 public hospitals and health services in NSW this week.

More than 54,000 nurses and midwives currently work in the NSW public health system, an increase of 24.7 percent since 2011.

Media release, Feb 23
Parliamentary Secretary Central Coast, Adam Crouch