Just 36 nurses attend HSE recruitment drive
A HSE drive to recruit nurses attracted just 36 hopeful recruits on the first day of the event in Dublin.
The employment initiative at Dr Steevens' Hospital in Dublin 8 was billed as an event to attract nurses and midwives. It was hoped it would tempt Irish nurses living abroad back home.
The HSE expects around 80 jobseekers to attend the three-day event.
"Over the three days we have 80 nurses registered. Even if we get a small number of nurses in the system it is worth it," said Rosario Mannion, national director for HR at the HSE.
The HSE is offering a relocation package of €1,500 and a salary of €35,000.
"It's not all about the money - it's certainly about the family connections, returning to the local communities," Ms Mannion said.
She added that the HSE was looking for Irish nurses who were at home for the holidays and might be considering relocating.
One of those attending the event was midwife Susan Leahy (30), from Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick. "Today was very helpful. I am in London and looking for opportunities to come home," she said.
"It's about being near family. My daughter Lilly is 16 months, so I want to be near my parents."