Graduate nurses care for the aged

KIND AND CARING: Anglicare's nurse educator Melissa Jansson (right) with graduating nurse Natasha Woods at Anglicare, Baulkham Hills. Picture: Geoff Jones

KIND AND CARING: Anglicare's nurse educator Melissa Jansson (right) with graduating nurse Natasha Woods at Anglicare, Baulkham Hills. Picture: Geoff Jones

Nine newly graduated nurses have embraced their roles and started caring for patients in western Sydney this month.

For the next 12 months they’ll be supported through Anglicare’s New Graduate program by Anglicare’s nurse educator Melissa Jansson.

“We are always looking for someone with a passion to care for our frail aged in a way that is person-centred,” Ms Jansson said.

“These new graduates have been exceptional in their willingness to learn, as well as their ability to meet the clinical challenges of our residents’ and clients’ increased health needs.”

For Seven Hills resident and Anglicare’s newest registered nurse, Natasha Woods, it was the values, mission and overall support provided by Anglicare that attracted her to the Graduate Nursing program.

“Apart from clinical placements, I don’t have on-the-job experience,” Ms Woods said. “So when I was looking for a graduate program, the organisation’s values and support were very important to me.

“I hope through the program I will broaden my knowledge and confidence in all aspects of nursing skills and development.

“I’m especially interested in learning more about engaging and caring for those with dementia and other debilitating conditions that often affect the elderly.”

Ms Woods said being an aged care nurse is not just about caring for the elderly.

“You’re also their support network or their company on some days in an unknown or lonely place,” she said.

“That’s why I want to be an aged care nurse, not only care for the elderly but also to have the time to listen and learn from them, to grow as a person and as a nurse.”

New graduates are rotated through various locations within Anglicare, where they are exposed to a wide variety of learning opportunities in caring for residents and clients with low and high care needs, as well as those requiring chronic and complex, dementia and palliative nursing care.

  • For information on Anglicare’s Graduate Nursing program, call 1300 111 278 or email Learning&Development@anglicare.org.au.