Catch them young. Waikato DHB last year launched a leadership programme for high-flying nurses who stood out in their new graduate year. Some are now moving on to do their PhDs and other DHBs are adopting the model. FIONA CASSIE finds out more about the unabashedly “elitist” programme.
A busy day in the new life of new graduate nurse Rochelle Paice who finds some time to squeeze a nervous patient's hand and share some banter between rushing to answer patient bells, phone calls and the constant administration of analgesia and antibiotics on an acute orthopaedic ward.