Following a successful recruitment drive in Greece and Cyprus, 26 new members of staff have been welcomed by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.
Earlier this month, a team from the Trust travelled abroad to interview a pool of qualified nurse candidates, aiming to find 40 high-quality nurses.
Joann Morse, Deputy Chief Nurse, said: “This isn’t the end of the journey for us.
“It is vitally important that we get our staffing levels right so we will be continuing to pro actively recruit more nurses, both locally and internationally.
She continued: “We continue to advertise for qualified nurses locally and hold recruitment days at our hospitals, and are also looking at the possibility of travelling to Croatia to recruit registered theatre nurses.”
The new recruits are in the process of having employment checks carried out and it is hoped they will start before Christmas 2014.
Before they are allowed to carry out a qualified clinical role, they will be required to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
They will also go through the preceptorship training that is usually undertaken by newly-qualified staff.