5 things to know if you got a new grad offer

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Did you get a new grad offer from NSW Health this week? Here’s the top five things that you need to know!

  1. You have until the 4th of November to accept your offer

You don’t have long to accept your offer, and that’s to give people on the eligibility list a chance to get a new grad placement. Make sure you accept it BEFORE THE DUE DATE!

  1. You should (probably) accept your offer

Unless you’re set on moving overseas for a year, you should probably accept your offer. If you don’t, you’ll be taken off the list for all NSW Health LHDs. So even if you’re not 100% sure about the program you receive, we’d recommend you still take it up. You never know – you might enjoy your experience there.

  1. You’re not locked in to that program

If you’re not ecstatic about your offer, you’re not locked in to that program. Once you’ve accepted your standing offer, you can still apply for other new grad programs with private providers or at other hospitals and LHDs. You can also apply outright for nursing positions outside of the new grad programs. Keep your current new grad offer as a back-up – but you’re definitely not signing your soul to the devil just by doing so.

  1. This is only the start of your journey

This is just the start of your journey as a nurse or midwife. There’s still so much you will learn over your career. Take hold of any opportunities to learn, attend seminars and courses as they arise, and ask questions from senior nurses and other medical staff. You’ll never know – your knowledge might just save some lives over the span of your career!

  1. Make sure you join your union

There are plenty of things that can go wrong once you’re in the workplace. From the need to receive professional and legal support, to massively discounted education courses, your union has you covered. You can find out more about them here.

Again, congratulations on a fantastic achievement! We look forward to having you as part of our professions. And make sure you attend a Student to New Grad seminar before you begin – there’s bound to be a session near you!

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