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New nurses given a warm welcome

Nurses

Forty-four newly graduate nurses are beginning their careers at the Launceston General Hospital this week.

Health Minister Sarah Courtney says the Tasmanian Health Service recruits newly graduated nurses to work within the hospitals and health services as part of the Transition to Practice program.

"We have delivered an 80% increase in the number of positions available in this program, a huge uplift and investment in the future of our health service," Ms Courtney said.

The government says this year there is an increased number of graduate nurses working within operating theatres.

"The graduate nursing positions are provided with additional support, tailored to suit the transition into their new role and help them develop their professional skills," she said.