A major teaching hospital is extending its job opportunities to student nurses after interviewing record numbers in the past week.
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has offered new careers to around 165 students, set to qualify as adult nurses in September, so far.
Now, following the latest success of its “Remarkable People, Extraordinary Place” recruitment campaign, the trust is increasing the number of career pathways open to students to attract more applications.
It is also making the application process easier, with students able to select their own interview days and times.
Simon Nearney, director of workforce at the trust, said: “We’re opening up most of specialties to student nurses to allow them to experience career paths they may not have considered during their training.
“We’re introducing 18-month rotations as an option, where students will spend six months in three diverse areas across the range of hospital services to enable our new recruits to experience the full spectrum of nursing.
“From theatre and frontline emergency work to ward-based nursing in specialities including medical elderly, neurology and women’s health, we can offer students complete grounding in the profession and allow them to determine where they would like to work.”
The trust, which runs Hull Royal Infirmary, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull Women and Children’s Hospital and Hull Eye Hospital, is on course to hire record numbers of newly qualified nurses in 2018/19 to boost existing staff levels.
While the majority of applications have come from the University of Hull, applications have also been received from students at universities in Lincoln, Leeds, Sheffield, York, Manchester and Tees-side.
As part of the latest recruitment drive, the trust is attending university recruitment fairs and is holding open days to encourage more students to apply for roles upon qualification.
The trust has simplified its application process, allowing candidates to select their own interview times to suit the rest of their commitments through its “choose a date” service
Mr Nearney said: “People are attracted by our message that we’re a trust on the up which can offer them first-class training to pursue attractive and rewarding careers.
“We’ve attracted a high standard and calibre of students and we’re pleased to be able to offer so many opportunities to begin their careers here with us, surrounded by dedicated teams of professionals who put patient care at the heart of everything they do.”
As well as rewarding career pathways, the trust will pay bridge fees for students living in the south bank for the first year and offer relocation packages for students living further afield.
Four interview panels featuring nurses already employed at different levels in the trust will conduct the interviews this week, with successful candidates notified within 24 hours.
To take up the job offer, students must submit their dissertation and pass their final exams at the end of their three-year degrees.
They will be hired by the trust as Band 2 health care assistants until they receive their nursing PIN numbers from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, allowing them to familiarise themselves with their new working environment and start earning.
New recruits will benefit from a fully-supported “Let’s Get Started” induction process as they put their academic skills to practical use working alongside fully qualified staff on the wards and theatres.