Nurse Graduates Miss Out In Perth
Hundreds of WA nurses have missed out on graduate programs at public hospitals this year.
WA Health Department figures show that only 39% of 1589 registered nurses who applied for this years 12 month graduate programme secured places.
Less than half of 102 midwife applicants managed to get places, and only one third of the 378 enrolled nurses were successful.
While universities have been turning out record numbers of new nurses , success rates in securing places have been tumbling over recent years.
While not essential graduate programs were considered a 'finishing school' for newly qualified nurses.
The department response was " There is a limit to how many graduates we can take within our system. The application process is competitive and The Health Dept selects nurses who are best suited to work in our hospitals".
Talk about bureaucratic response saying nothing.