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Staffing concerns as significant nursing shortages reported at St James’s Hospital

While nurse levels remain an issue, with almost 100 vacant posts, a hospital spokesperson said that it has commenced a new recruitment drive.

According to hospital Board minutes from March, seen by the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request, it was noted that “recruitment of nurses continues to provide a significant challenge throughout the hospital and the levels of response from recent recruitment campaigns has been low”.

In April, the St James’s Executive Management Group discussed the issue, noting “the recruitment of nursing staff continues to be challenging”.

The following month, the issue was again on the agenda and the meeting heard that “nursing vacancies remain [a] key concern”.

 “SJH currently have 95 nursing vacancies,” a hospital spokesperson told MI last week. “Recruitment drives for nursing staff are ongoing.”

The hospital is currently involved in a push for recruitment in Asia.

“St James’s Hospital, as part of the Dublin Academic Teaching Hospitals International Recruitment Project, has commenced recruitment of nurses from India,” said the spokesperson.

“The shortage of nursing staff is a national issue and not St James’s Hospital-specific.”

There were recently over 2,300 nurses awaiting registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, which is exacerbating ongoing nurse recruitment issues across the country.

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