Student nurses to be given golden ticket

"Nursing is a wonderful vocation, and we value the contribution that our students make very highly indeed. By developing the 'golden ticket' we hope to 'grow' more of our own nurses to improve the care that we give for the people of Shropshire, Telford and Wreakin and Mid Wales."

Helen Jenkinson, Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality

student nurse and staff with ticket

Student nurses are being handed a 'golden ticket' opportunity to start their careers.

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) which runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford has launched the initiative to increase recruitment.

Instead of a formal interview, student nurses based at Staffordshire University's Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education will be invited to attend values-based conversations throughout their training, culminating with a final conversation at the start of their thid year of study.

Students who obtain the required qualifications and are also seen to reflect the Trust Values, will be offered a position at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH).

Mike Phillips, Staffordshire University Associate Dean for Recruitment in the School of Health and Social Care, said: "This is great for our student nurses who typically spend half of their time in clinical practice, working in a variety of wards and departments. As well as helping the Trust recruit able and talented nursing staff, this initiative removes any stress our students may have about applying for jobs and going through formal interview procedures, and allows them to focus all of their efforts on completing their training."

Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality, Helen Jenkinson, said: "The recruitment of nurses is one of the biggest challenges that faces SaTH, along with hospital trusts across the country. It is, therefore, important that we look at innovative new ways ofattracting nurses to our Trust. By removing the formal interview process and replacing it with a Values-based conversation, we hope to make the recruitment process smoother and quicker."

"Nursing is a wonderful vocation, and we value the contribution that our students make very highly indeed. By developing the 'golden ticket' we hope to 'grow' more of our own nurses to  improve the care that we give for the people of Shropshire, Telford & Wreakin and Mid Wales."

Although the Trust are not able to confirm which ward or department they will be working on, the students are asked to express an interest about which care group and which hospital they would like to work in. A letter containing a Golden Ticket will be sent from the Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Quality to each successful student nurse welcoming them to their new post as a Staff Nurse at SaTH.

Anyone wanting to find our more about the opportunities in Nursing are invited to book on to an Open Day at the Centre of Excellence in Healthcare Education, Stafford on Saturday 10 March and the Centre of Excellence in Healthcare Education at Royla Shrewsbury Hospital on Saturday March 14.

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