Will it work? Bid to lure nurses back by appealing to their sentimental Christmas-side
Irish nurses working abroad, who are returning home for Christmas, are the target of a recruitment drive by hospitals which hopes to appeal to their sentimental side over the festive season.
The HSE is hosting three open recruitment days at its Dublin headquarters from December 28 to 30 and is inviting any nurse interested in a job back in Ireland for an interview.
Health Minister Simon Harris said they will be offered walk-in interviews and the message is: "We need you back."
It is the latest desperate move by the health service to woo Irish nurses home with the offer of 1,000 full-time or part-time jobs. HSE chief Tony O'Brien said they hope to appeal to the "homing instinct" of nurses and make it clear they are hiring in contrast to years during the recession when nurses had to go abroad for work.
The Government is hoping that more nurses will lead to the opening of more beds, easing the pressures of overcrowding.
Asked how he would tempt nurses back from high-earning places, such as Dubai, he said: "Dubai is OK for a while but it's not for life."
Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will announce the result of a ballot today which is expected to be a vote in favour of industrial action due to failure to recruit and retain enough staff.