22 February 2016
Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ) has welcomed 110 registered nurses to its team since it launched a major recruitment drive in late-2015.
CHQ plans to further boost its nursing workforce in 2016 with an international recruitment campaign, to be launched this week (commencing 22 February 2016).
The boost in nurse numbers is part of a three-point plan announced by the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick worth up to $70 million over four years to ensure that Queensland children receive the best possible care at Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH). This will bring overnight bed availability to 331 when required.
The new nurses, recruited from around Queensland and interstate, will work across acute paediatrics, operating theatres, and peri-operative and critical care services in the QCH.
A total of 43 graduate registered nurses, CHQ’s largest ever intake under its twice yearly Graduate Registered Nurse Program, have commenced at the hospital as part of the recruitment drive.
CHQ Executive Director of Nursing Shelley Nowlan said it was a pleasure to welcome the first cohort of nurses for 2016.
“Nurses are an invaluable part of our organisation and to the high-quality services we provide to children and young people in our hospitals, community health centres, clinics and remote communities,” Ms Nowlan said.
“Recruiting highly skilled and specialised nurses is a priority for CHQ, to ensure we can continue to provide the highest level of care for Queensland’s sickest children.”
Thirty-three undergraduate students in nursing (USINs) also started at the QCH in January. The USINs have been employed as part of CHQ’s new ‘Creating Our Workforce’ program.
Ms Nowlan said the $1.9million program allowed student nurses to gain invaluable paediatric experience before entering the workforce.
“The Creating Our Workforce program will also support the development of a pathway for nurses from undergraduate study to post-graduate registration, which will in turn allow us to better respond to future workforce needs.”
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