Mercy Health has hired 38 nursing and midwifery graduates for its Werribee hospital as part of its regular yearly intake.

Mercy Health graduate program lead Natalie Hackett, said this year’s intake of graduates had come from much further afield than in previous years.

“We have taken on a number of local graduates, including some from Werribee and Geelong. But we’ve also recruited graduates from the other side of the city – from as far away as the Mornington Peninsula.

“Since the Werribee Mercy Hospital expansion and the opening of our intensive care unit last year, we are increasingly seeing more complex and diverse cases at Werribee Mercy Hospital, which we believe is contributing to the increased interest from graduates in our hospital.”

The recent $87 million expansion involved four new levels being built on top of the Catherine McAuley Centre.

An extra 64 inpatient beds, including eight new intensive care beds, and six new operating theatres were also added to the hospital.

Graduates Hannah McIlveen, Tiarne Sadler and Nicole Hillis.

Mercy Health’s graduate programs are designed to support graduates as they transition from being students to becoming registered nurses or midwives.

Mercy Health graduates rotate across a number of specialties, including emergency, perioperative, medical wards, surgical wards, day procedures, palliative care, rehabilitation, special care nurseries, maternity services and mental health.

“Additionally, we have great medical leaders from whom our graduates can learn, we are delivering more babies than ever in our maternity unit as Wyndham’s population grows, and the opening of the Clare Moore Building, our purpose-built mental health building, means we can care for our mental health patients in the best possible environment,” Ms Hackett said.

Mercy Health graduate program details: bit.ly/2XE1dQt