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More than 80 new nurses set to start work at Royal Alexandra Hospital

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) is set to welcome 81 new nurses after they completed their rigorous induction course. 

Their appointment is a result of us recently completed recruitment drive which saw a record breaking 458 newly qualified nurse graduates join the Board. 

The vast majority of the newly qualified graduates are joining from West of Scotland based universities with the remainder coming from other Scottish universities. 

Faseeha Amjad, one of the new nurses, will be based on Ward 20, the surgical assessment and receiving unit. 

She said: “I feel I will enjoy working at the RAH and I’ll have plenty of learning opportunities to help build my skills as a registered nurse. 

“I’m looking forward to working with the wide range of professionals in the hospital and developing as a nurse to deliver effective patient care.” 

Lisa Harvey is another new start and she’ll be based with the diabetic service on ward 10. 

Lisa said: “I think the role is going to be very interesting and I’ll learn a lot. 

I’m looking forward to putting all my training into practice and actually being a registered nurse. My hope is that I can continue to make a difference in peoples’ lives.” 

Dr Margaret McGuire, Nurse Director, said: “It’s wonderful to see that the RAH continues to be a very well respected hospital and one which new graduates are keen to work in.

“As a Board, it is always a great privilege for us to be able to support the development of newly qualified nurses. The RAH is perfectly placed to give them a wide range of opportunities to put their talents to use in delivering high standards of care for our patients and the local community. 

“I firmly believe that by recruiting such a high number of graduate nurses to the RAH we are building on an already highly skilled workforce and ultimately ensuring high quality care for our patients.” 

Julie Tomlinson, Professional Lead Nursing & Midwifery Bank, said: “Nationally we have an ageing workforce which means it is essential to be able to drive up levels of recruitment – and especially newly qualified graduates. 

“We have a very dynamic and engaging recruitment programme which has played a key role in attracting so many of our graduates to choose the RAH as the place to develop their skills and deliver their professional and compassionate care.  

“Our recruitment and service teams met with graduates when they were starting to plan a nursing career after University. This meant that the worry of where to go next was taken out of the equation and allowed them to focus on finishing courses. 

“The recruitment team met with students on campus and outlined the strengths of NHSGGC as an employer as well as the RAH as a positive environment to start their nursing careers.”

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