Congratulations to our nurse cadets!Zoe Simmons
Four nurses have completed Forensicare’s first-ever Nursing Cadetship Program.
The six-month program is open to third-year Bachelor of Nursing students in their last semester of study to help them gain a better understanding of working in forensic mental health as a nurse.
Of the four nurses who completed the cadetship in December 2020, three are continuing into the Forensicare Graduate Nurse Program this year.
Emily Anderson, who had completed three placements of work experience at Forensicare prior to the program, said it’s been an incredible experience.
“I knew I wanted to work in forensic mental health after my work experience placements here, but the cadetship has given me an opportunity to be involved in patient care,” she said.
“I’ve really loved it. I’ve loved being on the units and getting to know the staff and patients. As a result of this cadetship, I know this is definitely what I want to do.”
“If you’ve even slightly considered forensic mental health nursing, you should absolutely give it a go. It’s so much fun, and there’s a lot of support. It’s been amazing. Thank you to everyone who organised the program.”
Daniel Goss, who is also returning for his graduate year, said the program had very clear expectations.
“I think the program has been really good. We were eased into it quite well, and were given our scope of practice which set out what we were and weren’t allowed to do.”
“It was a highlight to take on a little more responsibility and be incorporated into the nursing team. It’s been good to come here and get an idea of what we’re in for in the next few years; I’m excited.”
Carol Crocker said the program has been incredibly rewarding. Coming from a mental health nursing background as an enrolled nurse, she said the program opened her eyes to forensic mental health nursing, and everything that’s involved in looking after a patient in the forensic system.
“It’s very interesting to see the combination of the mental health and justice system, and see how Forensicare supports patients through the recovery-focused model,” she said.
“I’d definitely recommend Forensicare to any prospective nurses. They give a lot of support to new nurses and those who are progressing in their career, and offer a lot of opportunities for growth. You can easily go to any of the staff and feel supported—and everyone really looks out for each other.”
“It’s also a great opportunity for nurses who might want an insight into the organisation, and to get a head start before applying for the Graduate Nurse Program.”