A major new campaign promoting Wales as a fantastic country for nurses to train, work and live has launched today (Tuesday 9 May 2017).
The campaign starts as Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced that NHS Bursaries for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will continue to be available in Wales in 2018/19.
The bursary will be based upon individuals committing in advance to taking up the opportunity to work in Wales, post qualification, for a period of two years.
The Health Secretary met with a group of student and registered nurses today at the Keir Hardie University Health Park to talk about their experiences of working in Wales.
Arniel Hernando, Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital and face of the new nursing recruitment campaign says:
“Continuation of the nursing bursary in Wales is great news for the next generation of trainees entering my profession. Nursing is a very poplar profession in the Philippines and it’s seen not only as a profession, but as a vocation too. I became a nurse because I enjoy caring for people and helping patients. I feel particularly fortunate to be a nurse in Wales because the people here are so friendly – I don’t think you can experience this level of friendliness in many other places.”
“I saw the NHS Wales advert in the newspaper. I applied and found the recruitment process quite tough as I needed to pass a written English test. After that I had another two interviews and chose to work in North West Wales. I was delighted to get selected and have no regrets at all.
“I actually moved to London a couple of years ago, but I came back to Wales almost immediately, as I found the London lifestyle so stressful. I love living in Bangor, it’s so easy for me to go mountain climbing and sailing in my spare time. I currently work as an advanced nurse practitioner in the surgical assessment unit at one of the main hospitals in North Wales. Caring for people comes naturally to me and this role gives me a great feeling as the care I provide is so critical.”
The international campaign will target newly qualified and experienced registered nurses, as well as those who may be considering returning to the profession. The Train, Work, Live campaign will be represented at the RCN Congress in Liverpool from May 13 -17.
It is supported with a single telephone point of contact for all enquiries and online through the www.trainworklive.wales website. People interested in working in Wales can ring: 01443 848 576 for more details.
Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said: “In Wales, we are committed to investing in supporting the training and development of nurses, midwives and other professionals working in our NHS.
“We can offer flexible working arrangements and support for nurses and we are the first country in Europe to introduce a nurse staffing levels law.
“Wales is a great place to train, work and live; we value the professional judgement of nurses and we want to get that message out to attract more nurses to come experience what we have to offer.
“I’m pleased to announce the bursary will continue to be available to those who commit in advance to work in Wales, post qualification, for two years.
We’re taking positive action to attract more health professionals across the country and investing in education and training are key to developing our workforce.”
Professor Jean White said: “The Welsh Government has significantly increased investment in nurse education with more nurses educated annually now than at any time since devolution”
“There are opportunities to learn on the job with continuing professional development that supports nursing revalidation requirements.
“We are committed to investing in education, in the right staffing levels, and in the professional development of our nurses. Wales has a lot to offer, from our fantastic coastline, mountains, to our towns and cities, and I want to encourage nurses to consider Wales as a place to train, work and live.”