SOUTH Gippsland Hospital (SGH) in Foster has welcomed nine new members to its health professional staff during September 2022, and greeted another community volunteer, too, with plenty of room for more of both varieties!
Among the staff newcomers are registered nurses, enrolled nurses, a registered undergraduate student of nursing (known as a RUSON), and allied health staff including an exercise physiologist and social support group workers.
SGH Human Resources Manager Shianne Murray said orientation sessions for new staff and volunteers are held once each month and feature a tour of the Hospital and its buildings and facilities and an introduction to the SGH community.
“Our most recent orientation was conducted on Tuesday September 13 with 10 new starters, which is more than double our previous average attendance,” she said.
“SGH is very pleased with the response we’re getting to our ongoing ‘Make the Shift’ recruitment campaign that’s been running since June of this year, and the big number of people at this month’s orientation is proof that it’s working!
“Some of our new staff are coming to work with us from other parts of Gippsland or from metropolitan Melbourne, while others had an existing connection to South Gippsland or already live in the local area.
“During the orientation the ‘newbies’ also met the SGH executive team and quite a few of the staff on duty that day, enjoyed an introductory PowerPoint presentation, and learned a little about our everyday workplace practices,” Ms Murray said.
“These include practical matters such as SGH’s fire assembly and emergency protocols, and our flexible working arrangements.
“The new staff members were issued with copies of the SGH Orientation Manual 2022 as well as our staff wellbeing pack, which covers things like the importance of healthy eating and protecting your mental health,” she said.
“We also talked about SGH’s core values, which are trust, accountability, mutual respect, adaptability, and excellence, and about the way our staff and volunteers all seem to really live those values and enjoy being part of the SGH team.
“The Victorian Government requires the staff of all health services in the State to take part in the annual People Matter survey, and SGH’s results clearly show our great culture,” Ms Murray said.
“In this year’s survey, 96 per cent of SGH staff said they were proud to say they work here, and that 95 per cent would recommend SGH as a good place to work to others.
“Ninety two per cent reckon that SGH supports its employees with family or other caring responsibilities, regardless of gender, and 96 per cent would recommend a relative or friend to be treated as a patient here,” she said.
“Findings like these, which come directly from our staff, has helped with our recruitment as people love to work where you are treated well.
“Now SGH is actively looking for a dietitian, a podiatrist, a physiotherapist, and enrolled nurses, as well as drivers to join our Volunteer Transport Program, “ Ms Murray said.
“We’re looking forward to having more staff and volunteers join us here at SGH and for them to be part of its genuinely caring culture where everyone is respected and considered to be important.”
Watch SGH’s three-minute, 25-second Make The Shift video at https://vimeo.com/715416938See www.southgippslandhospital.com.au and click on the Careers button for more information on current vacancies.