by Madison Watt
CHINCHILLA residents Skye Burke and Karla Schewrin began their new careers as registered nurses at the Chinchilla Hospital this week.
The pair started work at Chinchilla after spending four days at Toowoomba Hospital where they completed their orientation.
"For me, starting work as a nurse is fulfilling a dream I've had for a long time,” Ms Schewrin said.
"It's a very exciting time.”
Ms Burke and Ms Schewrin juggled external university studies while also looking after their young families.
"It was a tough slog but I am proud of what I've done,” Ms Burke said.
"Now's the time we start to put everything into practise.
"It's a big responsibility, and not one I take lightly, but we have the right supports in place to help us along.”
The graduates were part of more than 1400 new nursing and midwifery graduates to start work across Queensland in 2018.
Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, Steven Miles, acknowledged the integral role experienced nurses played in the continued learning of the graduate nurses.
"Darling Downs hospitals are a great learning ground for nurses, where they are under supervision from some very experienced and passionate clinicians,” Mr Miles said.
"I wish them all the very best in their new careers as nurses and midwives.”
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service Nursing and Midwifery Services executive director Andrea Nagle also welcomed the cohort.
"We look forward to supporting them in their transition to registered nurse/midwifery roles where they will provide care to our patients throughout the DDHSS,” Ms Nagle said.