Forty-four graduate nurses boost the team caring for Queensland’s sickest kids

28 February 2022

Children’s Health Queensland has today welcomed its largest intake of graduate registered nurses in five years.

Forty-four new graduate registered nurses have started work at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, 12 more than the same period last year, as part of the service’s twice-yearly intake under its Graduate Registered Nurse Program.

The nurses, recruited from across Queensland will work in acute paediatrics, mental health, operating theatres, and perioperative and critical care services at the hospital.

Children’s Health Queensland Executive Director of Nursing Callan Battley said the first cohort of nurses for 2022 would play an important role in providing high-quality services to Queensland children and their families as we all navigate the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Nurses are at the forefront of the care we provide to children and young people in our hospital, community health centres, clinics and remote community services,” Mr Battley said.

“Our graduate program assists newly registered nurses to extend their knowledge, skills and training in the specialised area of paediatric nursing, in a supportive and educational environment.”

For six of the new graduates, today marks their first day onsite as qualified registered nurses, having started their careers at the hospital in Undergraduate Student in Nursing positions during their studies.

Children’s Health Queensland pioneered the model of care involving undergraduate nurses which is now broadly used across a range of clinical settings. Students in these casual roles continue to provide incredible support towards Queensland’s COVID-19 response across the state.

Mr Battley said Children’s Health Queensland’s nursing workforce was committed to providing safe, high-quality, and life-changing paediatric care each, and every day.

“Recruiting and developing highly-skilled, specialised nurses is a priority for us to ensure we can provide the highest level of care for Queensland’s sickest children,” he said.

“Our newest recruits will receive clinical and bedside teaching and education that equips them for the unique needs of the paediatric population and supports the best possible outcomes for patients and their families.”

A second intake of graduate nurses will start their careers in paediatric care at the Queensland Children’s Hospital in August.

ENDS

Media contact: t: +61 7 3068 5111 e: chqnews@health.qld.gov.au