Graduate program inspires future generations of Ophthalmic nurses
A new generation of nurses is being inspired to consider ophthalmology as a speciality, thanks to Perth Eye Hospital’s Graduate Registered Nurse Program.
Perth Eye Hospital has proudly run the program since 2015, when it welcomed its first participant.
The program provides the opportunity to support newly graduated Registered Nurses through their first year of work, and the first steps of their nursing careers.
Clinical Nurse Consultant for Staff Development at Perth Eye Hospital, Ros Johnston, said the hospital viewed the program as an important contribution to the Ophthalmic Nursing profession.
“This excellent program enables us to support newly graduated nurses and give them an appetite for ophthalmology as a speciality,” she said.
“It also extends supernumerary support and is a targeted educational program to consolidate learning gained at university.”
During the 12-month program, graduates obtain clinical competency by working in four key areas of the hospital.
During 2018, Perth Eye Hospital employed its second Graduate Registered Nurse, Tayla Carreira. Tayla rotated through the four key areas, gaining invaluable experience in different nursing roles.
“Tayla has performed extremely well and is a valued member of the PEH team,” Ros added.
The team looks forward to welcoming a new participant to the program in the future .