16 June 2014
The first group of newly recruited nursing staff from Spain have arrived at Southend University Hospital to help improve nurse staffing numbers, after the Trust’s board agreed to recruit 120 nurses to help fill hard to recruit to roles.
A total of 19 male and female nurses, who are from right across
Spain, are currently nearing the end of their four week induction
programme to familiarise themselves with both the hospital and
working and living in the UK.
The group were recently enjoying the sunshine in Southend,
during a break from one of their inductions, where they took the
opportunity to take in the views of the seafront from Pier
Teresa Garcia, 24, from Valladolid, will be working in
gastroenterology and explained why she had taken the opportunity to
work at Southend Hospital. She said: "In Spain the same job
opportunities as a nurse just aren't there and being here in
Southend allows us to really develop and grow as a professional.
It's also a great opportunity culturally, being so close to
Manuel Magro, also 24, from Huelva in Andalucia will be working
in palliative care. He commented: "Southend is very similar in size
and feel to my home town. I feel really comfortable here and we've
just had so much support and everyone we have met, in the hospital
and around town, has been really polite and friendly."
The next group are coming over for induction in August, followed
by a further group in September, this staggered approach allowing
for settling in and ensuring the new Spanish nursing staff have the
best support possible, which benefits them, the hospital and
patients. The hospital is still very much committed to recruiting
UK nurses as well.
Cheryl Schwarz, associate director of nursing, concluded: "The
Trust is very pleased to have been able to recruit a number of
qualified, professional and enthusiastic nurses from all over
Spain, who will be working in many different departments across the
hospital. They will be given a warm welcome by everyone and
we hope they enjoy this opportunity."