2017 Graduate Nurses
Maddy Mahoney spoke on behalf of the graduates
We celebrated the graduation of our 2017 Graduate Nurses on 19 March 2018.

The aim of the Graduate Nurse Program and the Graduate Midwifery Program is to provide the graduate with a supported year in a dynamic health service to facilitate the transition from tertiary student to a confident and competent Registered Nurse.

 Colac Area Health provide:

  • Trained preceptors are available to provide support in the clinical environment
  • Educators to provide clinical support, facilitate adaptation to your new role and meet your education needs with regular on-site education opportunities
  • Weekly education sessions that are specific to the needs of the graduate nurse
  • Two set study days on-site covering relevant topics
  • Professional development through external education is also encouraged
  • An online learning environment

In 2017 six graduates completed a 52 week program providing unique challenges for them with 3 rotations through the following areas:

  • Acute Ward
  • Urgent Care Centre
  • Community Nursing
  • Peri-Operative Services
  • Residential Aged Care
  • Elective Week

Graduate Nurses for 2017 were:

  • Sara Roche
  • Kristen Pietsch
  • Leanne Howard
  • Maddy Mahoney
  • Gayle McNabb
  • Kelly Backhouse

Graduate Midwife for 2017 was Susan Langridge.