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When Esther Poveda saw an advert for band 5 nurses at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, she was keen to apply. But she had worked in a care home since coming to the UK from her native Spain 12 months earlier, so she was nervous.

When Esther Poveda saw an advert for band 5 nurses at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, she was keen to apply. But she had worked in a care home since coming to the UK from her native Spain 12 months earlier, so she was nervous.

‘It was three years since I had worked in a hospital in Spain and I knew the role would be different over here. I have been nursing for 12 years and felt ready for a new challenge. I enjoyed my work in the care home but wanted to widen my experience.’

Ms Poveda was lucky. Not only did the trust want to recruit a cohort of registered nurses to work on the hospital wards, it was also offering successful applicants the opportunity of a place on its innovative ‘return to work in an acute environment’ (RACE) programme.

Esther Poveda says that ...

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