Nurses were being recruited through on the spot interviews this morning, during a successful Love Nursing open day at The James Cook University Hospital.
Teesside’s biggest hospital opened its doors to newly qualified and experienced nurses, including those who have had a career break or are looking for a change.
Potential nurse recruits even got the opportunity to try their hand at keyhole surgery – on sugar cubes!
Recent nursing opportunities at the trust have included vacancies in general surgery, integrated planned care, specialist services like spinal injuries, cardiology, renal care and many more.Jodie Foster, 22, came to the event as she is starting her role as healthcare assistant at the trust in the near future.
Currently a dental nurse, Jodie enjoyed trying out the keyhole surgery simulation.
She said: “It was quite difficult! I’m left handed too!
“I don’t know what particular area I would like to work in as a nurse at the moment – anything different really.
“I thought I would come along to the event and have a look around and it’s been great.”
Michelle Stevenson, 31, came along as she is due to qualify as a nurse in September.
She said: “I completed a placement at South Tees at the beginning of the year and I really enjoyed it here.“I did the rest of my placements elsewhere but I’ve come back because my placement here was really good. I worked with a really supportive team on Ward 1 and it really opened my mind.
Rachel Cook, 28, had heard about the event from the trust’s website and social media.
She said: “I have been qualified for six years but have taken a career break and I’m looking to come back into nursing.”
Her friend Saskia Murer, 19, who was visiting from Germany also accompanied her to have a look around.
She said: “I’ve never been to an English hospital before and I was interested to see what it would be like.”
Sue Sowerby, 55, also came in looking for a part-time nursing role.
Previously an intensive care nurse, she is now interested in working in spinal rehabilitation and spoke to Julie Carr, a clinical matron in specialist care.
Sue said: “I’m looking forward to returning to nursing.”
For more information on our current opportunitites in nursing, come along to the event until 3pm today or visit our Love Nursing page.
Another Love Nursing event is set to take place at The Friarage Hospital’s Hub in Northallerton on 11 July.