Welcoming the Nurse and Midwife Graduate Class of 2021

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Eastern Health’s 2021 Nurse and Midwife graduates will confront unprecedented challenges in their very first week, having successfully completed orientation.

Ninety-two graduates used the most of their interprofessional orientation day last week to prepare themselves for a career that has already thrown them a significant trial in the form of a global pandemic.

“The graduate cohort, did not have the ‘usual’ final year of study,” acknowledges Emma Davis, Associate Director (Transition to Practice Programs).

“Some graduates had virtual classes and skills lab sessions or even placement experiences with fewer patients on the ward due to cancelled surgery or low patient numbers.

“While these graduates have completed all the necessary theoretical and practical components of their course, it has certainly been in unique circumstances, adding additional challenges.”

 

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Assisting the journey into their new careers, graduates were paired up with preceptors and mentors during orientation to guide their professional development.

“The preceptor is a key member of the team to offer guidance, feedback, be open and available for questions and clarification,” explains Emma.

“Additionally, preceptors should be role modelling the Eastern Health values.”

These sentiments were echoed by members of the Eastern Health executive team who stopped by to welcome the latest recruits.

“It’s important to build networks amongst your peers and other more senior colleagues,” Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Lee Boyd advised the graduates.

“Ask lots of questions, follow up your own learning needs, volunteer to try new things and most all be kind to yourself as your learning curve will be very steep.

“Eastern Health is here to assist you succeed.”

Graduates will now be sent to their respective programs to begin their Transition to Practice Year.

 

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