Authors: Adele Morrison and Brett McKinnon, VIC
Event: 2008 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Mildura Base Hospital, Education and Support, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT / TRAINING, RURAL / REMOTE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, WORKFORCE EDUCATION
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Recruitment, training and retaining specialist mental health nurses is problematic for services across the globe. (Happell1999) In Australia, we are not immune to this variable. Mildura Base Hospital, which is situated in northern Victoria, has additionally to contend with the fact that it is a remote rural hospital, which traditionally has difficulty attracting staff. To combat recruitment and retention issues and in keeping with the modern-day trends of ensuring that the next generation of nurses are adequately prepared we developed a graduate program that we are very proud of and likewise the achievements of our graduates. This study relates directly to this graduate program and aims to deliver meaningful representation of its successes. This study uses a qualitative survey methodology to explore graduates perceptions and to highlight where the graduates have progressed their careers.