Guernsey turns to Spain in search for nurses

Health officials in Guernsey have begun a recruitment drive in Spain to address a shortage of specialist nurses.

A recruitment agency working for the health department will be holding interviews in Madrid next month.

It is looking to hire orthopaedic and critical care nurses to work in the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

In December 2012, the department reported a shortage of qualified nurses resulting in the closure of a surgical ward.

The job advert, posted online by the recruitment agency CPL Healthcare, states that nurses must hold a NMC registration, have six months experience in orthopaedic, surgical or critical care nursing - and speak fluent English.

Successful applicants will receive a £3,000 bonus after two years and a retention payment after that of more than £1,000.

They will also be given the opportunity to study for a degree in the island.

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