Nurse graduates kick-start their career at SCHN

More than 100 nursing graduates have chosen to dedicate their careers to helping sick kids, officially joining the SCHN workforce earlier this month.

The 109 new graduates will be working across Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (SCH) and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead(CHW), fulfilling what for many has been a long-held childhood dream.

Among the new starters are Carina, Registered Nurse in Saunders Unit, the Adolescent Mental Health ward at SCH and Jason Nguyen, Scrub Nurse in Theatres at CHW.

Carina and Jason both share a passion for working with children and were delighted when they heard they would be starting their career at SCHN.

“Since my first paediatric placement as a nursing student, I loved paediatric nursing and could picture myself working with kids for the rest of my career,” Carina said.

“Already in my first week, I have learnt so much about all of the different facets of mental health management and care within the SCHN and I am so excited to get involved and help to affect change for the future.”

Jason’s experience was similar, finding his love for nursing during work experience in high school.

“I had the opportunity to go on a work placement to a hospital in high school and was able to witness the amazing work that nurses do and from then on, I was drawn towards the profession,” Jason said.

“Since then, working with children has always been something that I was interested in. Being able to interact and laugh with a child daily whilst being able help provide quality health care is highly rewarding to me.”

Throughout their first year, nurses will acquire experience and knowledge within a supported environment, enabling them to become professional, competent, and confident paediatric nurses.

“During this time the graduates will work closely with senior clinicians who will provide ongoing support to deal with all situations,” Sally Whalen, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Education said.

While first year may have only just begun for our 2022 graduates, many have already started embarking on their nursing journey, lending their skills to the COVID-19 response over the past year.

Premier Dominic Perrottet commended all graduates across NSW for their hard work during what has been a particularly challenging time in healthcare.

“We owe a great deal of thanks to these graduates. Many of them have already been working as students in NSW’s vaccination and testing clinics. They have done an exceptional job,” Mr Perrottet said.

“These extra nurses and midwives will help bolster the ranks of our frontline health workers who have done an incredible job helping to protect people and keep them safe throughout the pandemic. We can’t thank them enough for their selfless dedication.”

Sally Whalen echoed the thoughts of the Premier, thanking all nurses for their contribution and warmly welcoming the newest members to the SCHN team.

“I am so proud of our entire nursing team, particularly given their efforts over the last two years and to have a new group of nurses who are so excited and enthusiastic about following in their footsteps is just amazing," Sally said.

“I sincerely look forward to seeing our new nurses shine as they gain the skills and experience that will help set them up for a prosperous career.”

Congratulations to all our new recruits and welcome to SCHN.