Warm welcome for new recruits

Posted on Mon, 12/08/2019

Our newest nursing recruits got a warm welcome to Gateshead this week at another special event to help them settle in before they officially start work.

The welcome event was designed to help new nurses who are poised to join the organisation get to know a little bit more about Gateshead, hear from staff who already work here and understand a more about what makes us tick.

They got the chance to meet senior leaders, other nurses from across the wards and specialist staff who could explain how different parts of the hospital all work.

Hilary Lloyd, director of nursing and midwifery said: “This is a great time to be joining Gateshead as a nurse and it was fantastic to see so many of our new recruits before they formally start with us. I think this is a really positive way of integrating people into the organisation before they officially start work. This event is part of a wider strategy to attract and retain the very best nurses around but we also want to show just how much we care about them and their careers from the very start of their employment with us.

“The nursing teams are at the very heart of the work we do in Gateshead and we're proud and passionate about providing excellent care. We've recently invested in our buildings, our infrastructure and our nursing teams, making Gateshead one of the most exciting and innovative places to work in the North East.”

Some of those attending are new to nursing as well as QE Gateshead so the organisation also provides a wider package of support for newly qualified professionals. Those nurses are paired up with more experienced ‘guardians’, who  will be able to provide support, advice and knowledge to those joining the organisation for the first time.

Every year around 50 newly qualified nurses join Gateshead Health and will now get a guardian as well as access to the well-established preceptorship scheme. The new nurses get one-to-one support from an experienced practitioner (a preceptor) to develop confidence, refine skills and provide expert advice.

Vicky Jobson, the nurse responsible for the scheme said “It’s really good to meet our new nurses before they start so we can provide some support, introduce key people and also take some of the pressure off that first day in a new job. Although starting a new job is a really exciting time it can also be daunting, so anything we can do to help is really positive. This is part of our staying in touch bundle which I hope provides not only pastoral support but also knowledge and practical advice.

“In Gateshead we also provide a wealth of support for new starters included training days which include topics such as safeguarding, end of life care, sepsis, phlebotomy, cannulation and catheterisation.”

To read Vicky's blog on starting out as a new nurse click here

To read Ami's blog about how we prepare the nurses of tomorrow click here

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