International recruits join BCH’s Nursing team


Bass Coast Health (BCH) has welcomed the first Registered Nurses from India and the United Kingdom, as part of a global search for more nurses.

More Nurses are on the way, coming from New Zealand, Qatar, Nigeria, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

BCH CEO Jan Child said all health services were in great need of staff, particularly Nurses, to meet demand for healthcare.

“We’re excited to welcome Chioma Nwokoye from the United Kingdom, and Rosina Joseph and Nisha Muttilayil Kesavan from India,” she said.

“They will help to enhance our permanent workforce and reduce reliance on agency staff.

“Through international marketing of our health service via social media, we’ve been able to generate interest from Nurses overseas looking to relocate to Australia and there’s no doubt our stunning location, with its mix of coast and country, and our amazing new hospital at Wonthaggi, helped to attract these Nurses to Bass Coast Health.”

Rosina will work on Sub-Acute Ward, while Nisha Muttilayil Kesavan and Chioma Nwokoye will join the Kodowlinun team.

Rosina worked at the Medicity and KDAH hospitals in India and relocated to the Bass Coast with her husband.

“It’s so welcoming. Everyone has a smiling face,” she said.

Nisha has previously worked at Al-Jahra Hospital in Kuwait and came to BCH to fulfil her dream of coming to Australia.

“It’s a very nice hospital and the staff have been fantastic. I’m excited about working here,” she said.

Chioma was most recently working on the cardiothoracic unit at Royal Brompton Hospital in London and has 11 years’ of nursing experience, mostly in Nigeria.

“I had several interviews in Australia and I chose Bass Coast Health because of the environment and because they’re supportive of my family (husband and daughter),” she said.

“So far it’s been wonderful. The people of Wonthaggi and Bass Coast Health have been so supportive.”

BCH’s fabulous Volunteer Drivers took the new recruits around Wonthaggi to attend to banking and phone needs, as well to see the local shops, beaches, churches and schools.

“If you see Rosina, Nisha and Chioma around BCH, or them and their families throughout Bass Coast, please make them feel welcome,” Ms Child said.