Recruitment teams from Peterborough Hospital are travelling to Italy and Portugal to recruit new nurses.
The Peterborough and Stamford Foundation Trust currently employs a thousand nurses and midwives.
Hospital managers want to recruit a further 140 qualified nurses to reduce their use of agency staff.
A new nurse-led injuries unit has started work at Stamford Hospital near Peterborough.
Hospital managers say the project means that patients requiring treatment for minor injuries will get the same level of care they would get in an emergency department.