Since the start of 2023, the Branch’s recruitment team and graduate officer have attended 103 graduate orientations across the state. After a few years of not being able to attend in person, these opportunities have been greatly welcomed, both by the Branch and by members new and existing.
The Branch has been all across the state: as far up to Mildura and as far down to Portland; across to Bairnsdale and over to Albury; from Mansfield to Horsham, to Bendigo, Ballarat and beyond. Indeed, the travels to graduate orientations alone total more than 14016.1kms, or the equivalent of driving around the border of Australia (skipping a few of the lookout points)!
We’ve been meeting enrolled nurse graduates, mental health graduates, registered nurses and midwifery graduates. Every grad who has become an ANMF member has been given a beautiful ANMF (stainless steel) fob watch and a new graduate guidebook that outlines everything they need to know about our industries – from understanding their pay and working conditions, and the history of our EBAs, to tips for looking after themselves and their wellbeing.
On top of this, the team has also visited university O-weeks, university and TAFE campuses and attended roadshows across metro and regional Victoria.
A big part of our messaging is to share how ANMF can support graduate nurse and midwives (and students) through their studies, grad year and beyond, and to empower them to understand their entitlements to ensure they are not taken advantage of throughout their career.
Getting out to all the health services and meeting our new members and graduates is something we all really look forward to at the Branch. We really understand the challenges everyone has faced completing their studies throughout the pandemic. And it’s a wonderful chance to not only congratulate grads on passing their course and starting their new careers – but to thank them for their hard work and contribution as students on clinical placement and if they happened to work as a RUSON, RUSOM or PCA.
It’s been an absolute joy to be back on the road and checking in and catching up with everyone.
Congratulations to all our new grads. If any new members have questions or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to our member assistance team anmfvic.asn.au/memberassistance – or contact Alice at Gradofficer@anmf.asn.au.