Aged Services Tasmania Nurse Helping elderly gentleman

Graduate nurses making a difference

Graduate Nurses making a difference to the quality of life of older people

With Tasmania having the most rapidly ageing population, Aged and Community Services Tasmania (ACST) will tomorrow celebrate the achievement of its Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice Program with a graduation ceremony at the Hobart Function Centre in Hobart.

Now in its fifth year, the program has been successful in helping the State develop and retain skilled nurses and have them start careers in the aged services industry. Of the 2015 graduates 31 of the 32 will remain in the aged services industry choosing to work in a rewarding environment which they have described as “providing them more than they can give”. Program Coordinator Lee Veitch said “The graduates have gained an understanding of the role of the Registered Nurse (RN) in the contemporary aged services industry and the real difference they can make to the quality of life of their residents and clients.”

ACST CEO Darren Mathewson said the program, which invests in graduate nurses through support and mentoring, was critical in helping the aged services industry retain and attract skilled nurses. “Tasmania has the fastest ageing population in the country and it is absolutely vital that we continue to invest heavily in workforce development so that our industry can cope with the challenges we face over the coming years,” Mr Mathewson said.  “By retaining our skilled graduate nurses, we can ensure the aged services industry, and indeed the broader health sector in Tasmania, is well-equipped to enhance the quality of life of older people.”