The nurse recruitment saga continues. We're having difficulties getting nurse applications, mainly because it isn't your standard ward nurse job and as a one client team, we're too small to be seen by most nurses. So whats the obvious thing to do - advertise where most nurses work - hospitals. Oh no you don't says the hospital manager. They're our staff and we're not letting you poach them.
Now what we're talking about here is two part time staff - it's hardly going to close down the hospital if we're successful, and anyway the care package is ultimately funded by the NHS. But it gets better - the hospital trusts (in charge of the hospital) won't talk to the PCT (in charge of community care/nursing). Meanwhile we're two nurses down (half my sons contracted team) and nobody knows (or cares) about us.
I think there's going to be some 'accidentally dropped' leaflets quite close to the hospital noticeboards soon.