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Open day proves just the job for budding nurses

Ndeshi Langshaw who will start as a student nurse in September 32 nursing students have been offered a position at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust after attending an open day at Pinderfields hospital.

Third year nursing students were invited along to find out more about the career opportunities the Trust has to offer and were also able to have an interview. This meant that successful candidates were able to walk away with a conditional offer of employment.

Gemma Mooney, Recruitment and Resourcing Manager at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, organised the day; “Giving people the opportunity to get a feel for and see the surroundings in which they could be working, is a really important part of the recruitment process,” she said.

“We wanted students to come along and have an informal chat with some of our nursing team to understand more about what it’s like to work here.

“Following which those that were interested were offered an interview there and then, with the successful candidates being offered a role with us.”

Ndeshi Langshaw, from Wakefield, (pictured) was one of the lucky ones to be offered a job. The third year student at the University of Hull has wanted to be a nurse for as long as she can remember, “I love helping people,” she said, “I originally did a diploma in travel and tourism but soon realised I should have followed my dream, so I did an Access to Nursing course at Wakefield College, and went on to study nursing.”

Ndeshi, who is also a Support Worker at a residential home in Wakefield and a bank nurse, is relieved to have something lined up for when she finishes her studies, “I have two young children, so as you can imagine there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Now I can focus any spare time I have on spending quality time with them and not worry about looking for a job.”

There are many challenges facing the NHS and its nursing workforce, including funding cuts and an over-reliance on agency staff. This open day has helped The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to start to address some of its own struggles in filling the nursing vacancies it has.

“It’s the first time that we have held an event like this for student nurses,” concluded Gemma, “but it has proved such a success we will definitely repeat it.”

The new recruits will take up their roles in September in various departments across the Trust.