The program has already demonstrated its value, with 100% of nurses in the program from the July/August cohort having successfully achieved re-employment. Resignations have also decreased by almost 7% since 2015.

Interest in the program has been considerable, with St John of God Health Care receiving more than 500 applications for the May 2016 induction.

Enrolled nurse, Lynne Wagstaff, is one of our graduate nurses at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital and is scheduled to complete the Pathways to Practice program in September.

During her 54-week program, Lynne had two clinical rotations at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital across the orthopaedic rehabilitation ward and the medical and surgical ward. Working across various departments gave Lynne the knowledge and experience to graduate with full confidence from the program.

Lynne has already been offered a position at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital in the medical and surgical ward. She said the program has given her a solid start to her nursing career, and the vital experience she needed entering the workforce.

The program has offered Lynne hands-on work from the commencement of the program and a well-rounded variety of work. She was very well supported by the staff and the opportunity of learning from experienced nurses was invaluable.

Lynne says the program enabled her to build a solid foundation of practical skills and knowledge of nursing in the health care industry. Lynne’s hard work and dedication, along with the facilitated support program gave her the opportunity to begin her career at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital.