Posted on May 03, 2016

Student nurse recruitment to address staff shortage

Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital are set to recruit 74 student nurses to fill some of the existing vacancies at the two hospitals. The trust that runs the two hospitals has recruited from this year's crop of student nurse graduates at a number of universities, including the University of Hull. Many will be working part-time until they graduate. Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Director of Workforce Simon Nearney said that most of the new recruits have been given their first choice of workplace. Hull York Medical School Dean Professor Trevor Sheldon said that there have been concerns that the removal of the student nurse bursary would worsen the recruitment crisis in nursing, with potential students concerned about funding their studies. However, if hospitals can provide part-time paid work for student nurses, it might help to attract students to the profession. The trust is currently in the middle of a recruitment drive, which has been a great success. Last year, the trust had to look abroad to recruit the nursing staff that it needed, and brought in staff from Bulgaria, Romania, Spain and Finland to fill some of the vacancies. However, the focus of this year's recruitment drive will be at university recruitment fairs. Trust Chairman Mike Ramsden applauded the efforts to bring in newly qualified members of staff, saying that the trust has faced a number of challenges in recent years and that the new recruitment drive is positive work.""
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