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Advice for overseas nurses joining the NHS – and their managers

We look at the pastoral care available to international nurses, plus the first-hand experiences of recruits

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Advice and support for overseas nurses joining the NHS is the focus of the latest Nursing Standard podcast.

The episode looks at the pastoral care and guidance employers provide to these staff and the experiences of newly registered international nurses.

Helping staff settle in during their first months

Medway NHS Foundation Trust head of nursing for workforce and education Michele Mtandabari explains how her trust helps overseas nurses from their recruitment to the early weeks and months at work.

Staff nurse Selwyn Semple, who joined Medway in March 2021 after more than ten years of nursing in Guyana, talks about the importance of having the right attitude – and the right clothes for the UK climate.

Ms Mtandabari also tells Nursing Standard editor Flavia Munn of the importance of global nursing amid COVID-19 and how newly registered international nurses should recognise their own value and avoid adopting a subservient attitude.

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