Newly accredited nurses celebrated their graduation at a ceremony hosted by Partners in Training in Sale.
Most of the 40 have already found employment, after completing two years part-time study.
They have undertaken placements within Gippsland and across the state, from Omeo and Orbost to Dandenong and Bundoora.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester was guest speaker at the graduation ceremony and congratulated Gippsland’s newest nurses “for choosing career that can make a difference to people’s lives.”
“I simply say thank you for your service to our community and for choosing a career that will help to save lives,” Mr Chester said.
“Every day I am in this job I have the privilege of meeting amazing people who are doing great things, and I am honoured to be here today to celebrate this important milestone with you.”