WDHB's 2014 nursing graduate programme welcomes 14 participants

17 January 2014

Caption  |  Fourteen nursing graduates joined the WDHB’s two nursing graduate programmes this week.
Fourteen newly qualified, nurses have joined the Whanganui District Health Board’s (WDHB) two, year-long, 2014 nursing graduate programmes this week.
Aged in their 20s, 30s and 40s, the group will spend the coming year developing their skills in their chosen area of nursing with the WDHB’s hospital, community, primary or mental health services.
Apart from one graduate who studied in Auckland, 13 of the 14 graduates studied at Whanganui Ucol’s School of Nursing which WDHB director of nursing Sandy Blake says is delighted to have their students accepted by Whanganui’s nursing graduate programmes.
She says given the limited number of dedicated new graduate positions and the WDHB’s rigorous interview process, acceptance onto the programmes is special.
While there is no guarantee that a permanent job with the WDHB will follow at the end of the year, the valuable experience the graduates gain will put them in a strong position to apply for roles locally, nationally and possibly, internationally.
Among this year’s graduates are Des Tunua who is joining the WDHB’s mental health service and James Cable who is joining the Medical Ward.
 Mrs Blake says it encouraging to see a growing number of men choosing to pursue a nursing career.
“We don’t have large numbers of male nurses in Whanganui so to have Des and James in our graduate class is wonderful,” Mrs Blake says.
“I’m also delighted that we have graduates of all ages and different ethnic backgrounds wanting to work across the services the WDHB provides. The health sector offers a myriad of openings for nursing graduates so it will be interesting to see where our 14 programme participants move on to.”