A ‘love nursing’ campaign is being launched on Valentine’s Day as part of the trust’s recruitment drive for more nursing staff.
The open-day event is specifically targeted at five key areas with current vacancies – acute medicine, cardiothoracic services, neurosciences, surgery and trauma – and aims to give prospective staff members a ‘taster’ of life on the frontline.
It will include the opportunity to talk to nursing staff, working at similar levels, about life on the wards, what they like about their jobs and similarly, some of the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis.
Aimed at newly-qualified nurses, those wishing to return to the profession at a staff nurse level or simply nurses who want a career change, this latest event is one of a number of different approaches the trust is taking to recruitment.
In recent months, assessment centres have been set up which look at matching candidates to suitable posts following group exercises (based on a nursing scenario), individual interviews and a drug calculation test.
Recruitment processes now also embed ‘Compassion in Practice’ – the chief nursing officer’s vision and strategy for building a culture of compassionate care which is based around six values – care, compassion, courage, communication, competence and commitment.
Director of nursing and quality assurance, Ruth Holt, said: “With all the financial challenges facing the NHS, there is a perception that we aren’t recruiting any more but we always need nurses – they’re a crucial part of our healthcare team and our biggest group of staff.
“As we’re such a large organisation we wanted to host an open day to showcase some of the career opportunities available for nursing staff and, importantly, give them a chance to talk to colleagues already working here and later visit some of the clinical areas they might be interested in joining.”
The event will be held in the David Kenward lecture theatre at The James Cook University Hospital between 9.45am and 1pm. Anyone wanting to register for the open day should contact recruitment officers Stephanie Johnson or Helen Tilley on 01642 854610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.