Kettering General Hospital says it has recruited 72 nurses from mainland Europe in the last year, whoa re making a valuable contribution to patient care.
The hospital says that 68 of the 72 nurses, or 95 per cent, recruited during the last 12 months are still with the trust, which is far above the national retention rate of 28 per cent.
A spokesman for the hospital said: “The 68 nurses still with us are from Italy, Cyprus, Portugal, Greece, Spain, and Romania.
“All are either fully qualified nurses, some with several years of experience, or have done nursing degrees and have been keen to launch their careers in the UK.”
Kettering General Hospital’s Director of Nursing and Quality, Leanne Hackshall, has been organising the recruitment process.
She said: “We are thrilled to have recruited and retained such an enthusiastic and ambitious group of nurses to work at Kettering.
“They are all working on our wards in surgery, medicine, older adults, cardiac care and theatres as fully qualified staff nurses. In a short space of time – with a lot of effort on their side to master the language – they are now making a very valuable contribution to patient care.”