Ninety new nurses are taking up roles on Lincolnshire wards this week, including 23 at Boston’s Pilgrim – the local hospital for most in this area.
The appointments are a welcome boost to the hospital teams and a part of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s ongoing recruitment campaign.
The training I have received so far has really prepared me for what to expect. The staff have been fantastic and I know I’ll be supported in the departmentNew Pilgrim A&E recruit Mel Kerr
It follows close partnership working with local and regional universities to encourage the new recruits to choose Lincolnshire hospitals.
The majority of the nurses have come from the University of Lincoln, with others from neighbouring cities and the Open University.
They have all successfully completed their preceptorship (introduction to the Trust and professional development) and are now in the process of taking up posts.
Apart from the Pilgrim appointments, 65 have joined Lincoln County hospital and two have joined Grantham, with two more expected at a later date.
Mel Kerr, who has taken up a post in Accident and Emergency at Pilgrim, said: “I can’t wait to start working for the Trust.
“I love a challenge and I wanted to work in the emergency department because you never know who is going to come through the doors.
“The training I have received so far has really prepared me for what to expect. The staff have been fantastic and I know I’ll be supported in the department.”
Liz Ball, deputy chief nurse, added: “We are so pleased to be welcoming the new nurses to our hospitals.
“It’s a great accolade that they have chosen our Trust, particularly as this is often based on the experience they received during their work placements.
“So for them to come back shows we are a great place to work. We hope everyone can help to support them and offer a warm welcome as they settle in to their roles.”
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