Record number of NSW nurses

An extra 2000 new and experienced nurses and midwives have begun work in NSW public hospitals following one of the biggest nursing recruitment drives in the state’s history.


Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner said the number of nurses and midwives employed in the NSW Health system had risen from 43,430 in March 2011 to 45,499 in February 2012.


The intake of 2000 nurses and midwives includes about 1100 graduates. Another 900 graduates have accepted offers to work in the NSW health system and are expected to start work in the next few months.


Mrs Skinner said, “We’ve offered positions to more than 2000 graduates and to date more than 1100 have started work in the NSW public health system, with the remainder to start in the next few months.


“Our challenge now is to ensure public hospitals have the nurses and midwives they need meet growing demand and we will be employing more nurses and midwives over the next three years.”


NSW Health currently employs 45,000 nurses across the state’s public hospitals, mental health agencies, community and public aged care services.


12,000 midwives are working in the public health system and 180 nurses are also working in nurse practitioner roles.


27 March 2012.