More than 50 nursing students have been offered a position at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust after attending open days 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.”
Danielle Dustan, (pictured) was one of the lucky ones to be offered a job. The third year student at the University of Huddersfield said: “I previously worked in a nursing home as a healthcare assistant. I loved my job there caring for people but I wanted to make more of a difference to both their personal care and physical health and wellbeing. I started looking at becoming a nurse.
“As a mature student I took myself back to college and applied for university. I decided to study away from home for the experience of being independent, whilst studying I have become a bank staff health care assistant and pick up shifts when I can. I have enjoyed my studies and placements the past three years but I am excited for the challenge of being a fully qualified staff nurse.”
There are many challenges facing the NHS and its nursing workforce, including funding cuts and an over-reliance on agency staff. Open days like these are helping The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to overcome some of its own struggles in filling the nursing vacancies it has. The new recruits will take up their roles in September in various departments across the Trust.