Nurses from Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital are spearheading a new campaign to get more people to join their ranks.
The hospital wants to recruit more than 50 new nurses along with bank staff to work on its wards throughout 2014.
The Gayton Road hospital was placed in special measures by regulator Monitor in October last year after concerns were raised about the quality of patient care by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS England.
Monitor had stressed that many of the problems had arisen from low levels of nurses.
Improvements have already been seen at the hospital with the arrival of 71 Portuguese nurses and it is meeting the national targets of one nurse to eight patients during the day and one to 11 patients at night.
But the CQC report was a bitter pill for many of the nurses.
One of the hospital’s matrons, Diane Benefer said: “It was difficult for the staff and hit morale. Everyone still has got that passion to improve and make it better and that is happening at the moment.
“We have really worked hard as a team in the trust to improve and when the inspectors come back it will be different. We might not be at the gold standard but we are moving in the right direction and that is what is important to the staff.”
Deputy director of nursing and patient experience Val Newton said the trust has launched the campaign as it expected retirements.
She said the hospital is looking to recruit bank and staff nurses from amongst the students at Norwich’s University of East Anglia along with Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge along with trained nurses who have left the profession.
Miss Newton said: “The idea is rather than get to the place where we have lots of vacancies we are trying to be proactive. This is a hospital which is really passionate about nursing and we want to encourage people to join us.
“We have made changes to the shift patterns and have gone back to longer days.”
To find out about a nursing career, call Val Newton on 01553 613613