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No place like home, to work

THERE’S no place like home, and home is even better when your career is there as well.

New Tumut Hospital Transition to Professional Practice Registered Nurse Angela Damm is one of 60 nurse graduates who have just started work at Murrumbidgee Local Health District Hospitals, and as she has lived in Tumut for the past 12 years, she and the hospital are a perfect fit.

“I was very happy to get Tumut,” she said.

“I didn’t have to move, my kids are in school here, and my husband doesn’t want to leave here.”

Angela has a 12-month contract, but is keen to stay on after that. She has lived in Tumut for 12 years, and her family have been here “since the dam was built.”

She studied at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.

“For the first 12 months I was commuting to Wagga, which was hard with two young children, and after that it was by correspondence,” she said.

She started work at Tumut Hospital on Wednesday, and it is so far, so good.

“It has been great; everyone has been very welcoming,” she said.

Clinical Nurse Educator Kellie Oddy is happy with Angela’s progress.

“She’s awesome; excellent.” she said.

More than half of the new graduate nurses launching their careers at hospitals across Murrumbidgee Local Health District are from the local area.

Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Karen Cairney said it was wonderful to have so many local graduates seeking to start their careers in a rural setting.

“It is particularly pleasing that over 70 per cent of these graduate nurses selected MLHD as their first preference,” Ms Cairney said.

More than half of the new nurses are graduates from local universities.

Ms Cairney said the new nurses will be welcomed and supported with a comprehensive education and mentoring program.

“Every nurse is immediately linked with local management and educators so they always have someone for clinical or personal support when needed.

“We also provide the new graduates with a variety of clinical options to ensure they gain a range of experiences during their first year.”