Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has launched a £1.2m campaign to recruit 160 more nurses including bringing in over 50 new staff from Spain.
The trust said the recruitment drive was in response to staff feedback about nursing levels on the wards and the need to maintain safe staffing levels.
“We are finding that the labour market is very competitive, hence the need to also look overseas”
The investment would help maintain a ratio of one registered nurse per eight patients, according to the trust.
It said it was looking to recruit nurses and undergraduates from across the region but would also seek to employ 60 Spanish nurses over the next six months.
Interim deputy chief nurse David Melia said it was necessary to look abroad for new nurses because of the UK shortage.
“Given that all NHS trusts are facing similar issues, we are finding that the labour market is very competitive, hence the need to also look overseas.” he said.
All recruits would go through a rigorous selection process that tests “professional and clinical skills of the applicants as well as their communication skills”, he added.
The trust is staging an open day for undergraduate nurses and those looking for new jobs on 24 June.