Nursing graduates Guru Gill and Kaitlyn Gray
Kaitlyn Gray and Guru Gill are two of the 125 graduate nurses commencing their nursing careers at Austin Health today.
Kaitlyn will be based at the ONJ Centre and said she never picked nursing as a career when she was younger, however, in terms of her values and equalities, nursing found her.
"Nursing has the best reputation and it has true qualities which really speak to who you are," she said.
"I'm very excited with what's to come."
Guru will be based at the Austin Hospital and was drawn to nursing because of his background as a sports trainer.
"I was looking to do physio but I believe nursing has more opportunities than physio," he said.
"As I'm the eldest son I'm used to helping people."
Kaitlyn was drawn to Austin Health due to the support offered and the knowledge shared.
"I went to LaTrobe and the clinical school here," Kaitlyn said.
"I loved it here and it feels like home - I cried when the selections came in."
Austin Health's innovation and modernisation wasn't the only reason Guru wanted to work at the organisation - it was also the simple act of cut oranges provided at a nursing expo which also drew him in.
"People care for each other and lift each other up here," he said.
"We can change the future and help shape the future.
All of the nurses will do two six-month clinical rotations, including one acute and one guaranteed specialty rotation.
There's also the opportunity to complete a specialty mental health graduate program for 12 months.
Chief Nursing Officer Bernadette Twomey welcomed the graduates.
"The International Council of Nursing has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and we welcome the 125 graduate nurses into the Austin nursing community of practice," she said.
"Austin nursing has a proud history of leading quality improvement and innovation and we are confident the graduates will contribute significantly to nursing practice improvements in the months and years ahead."