Seven qualified nurses from the Philippines have joined the team at Scunthorpe hospital.
The new recruits are being put through their paces on a 12-week training programme, at the end of which, they will be assessed and should receive their NMC pin registration.
Chief Nurse Ellie Monkhouse said: “Overseas recruitment is part of our overall recruitment strategy for 2019/20 which sets out our vision for nursing now and for the future. It is a really exciting time to come to work at the Trust with great opportunities for all of our nursing and midwifery staff.”
Recruiting manager Rachel Hobson said: “It is great to welcome these new nurses to Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust. It is hoped a further 13 will be joining them this year which is really exciting.”
The first group of nurses have all been assigned to wards based on their previous nursing experience. Two of the new starters will be based on ward 25, with two more working on ward 28. The remaining new starters will be initially working on Stroke, CDU and ward 24 respectively.
Emmanoelle Naraja said: “I am really optimistic about my career prospects. The weather is very different of course. In the Philippines at the moment we have a warm summer and heavy raining season. So it will take some getting used to! However, I am looking forward to getting started.”
Once they have qualified as nurses in their homeland they have to complete a year’s voluntary service.
Recruitment specialist Seonaid Doughty is helping the new recruits settle in their new jobs.
She said: “There are vast numbers of qualified Filipino nurses which means a lot of them do end up overseas working in healthcare.”
Another of the new nurses, Lyudmyla Gillego, spoke about her feelings on making the move to North Lincolnshire. “I am excited and also a bit nervous but overall excited. When we looked round it seemed like a really nice area.”
As part of their induction they met some of the Trust’s current nurses who hail from Filipino backgrounds.
Lyudmyla said: “The welcome we had was very warm. It’s been a long process getting here, but now I am looking forward to my experience.”
All of the new recruits will continue to receive support from the Trust’s nursing teams, continuing professional development team and education department.