Ramsay, TAFE NSW partner to build nursing workforce
Private hospital operator Ramsay Health Care and TAFE NSW have teamed up to build the state’s nursing workforce of the future.
The partnership comes as the nation’s nursing ranks face a skills gap worsened by the pandemic, with a predicted shortfall of about 85,000 nurses nationwide by 2025.
The recently launched Ramsay Cadetship Program will support enrolled nursing students by giving TAFE NSW Diploma of Nursing students guaranteed work placement, the opportunity for employment while studying and a guaranteed interview for a position at their local Ramsay hospital after graduating.
TAFE NSW Nursing Discipline Leader Zachary Byfield said, “The pandemic has reinforced the vital role our nurses play in our communities and TAFE NSW is committed to ensuring a steady pipeline of nursing graduates across the state.
“This partnership ensures TAFE NSW nursing students become part of the Ramsay workforce while still studying and gives them a practical experience of their course material.”
The partnership also ensures TAFE NSW students are given a mentor during work placement and work across a number of wards and departments, affording them a deeper understanding of Ramsay’s culture, policies and practices.
Positions on offer for cadets in NSW include assistant in nursing and undergraduate enrolled nurse, or registered nurse or midwifery roles in a range of areas including operating suites, maternity, mental health, cardiac and rehabilitation services.
Ramsay Health Care Chief Nurse and Clinical Services Director Dr Bernadette Eather said, “The cadets will gain valuable experience and genuine insight into what it’s like working in the healthcare industry as a nurse. They will get to partner with experienced Ramsay Health Care nurses who are committed to providing excellent health care for their patients.
“Best of all, they will become part of the Ramsay family and be surrounded by a team committed to helping them grow their skills and excel in their nursing careers.”