The Northern Rivers will have 60 extra nurses on board in the coming weeks, many of them graduates from the nursing school at Southern Cross University.
The state government is looking to increase nursing numbers across the state by as many as 2,500 in the coming years.
Twenty nurses will go to the Tweed area, and 23 will be based in and around Lismore.
Lismore Base Hospital nurse educator Charmaine Crispin told ABC radio this morning that she planned to ‘[give] them a try in lots of different clinical settings’. She added it was important to develop a work force for the future.