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Clinical Nurse Manager II (Clinical Facilitator) Renal Dialysis Unit

Job Locations Cavan & Monaghan Hospitals
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(23/09/2022 11:14)
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Nursing & Midwifery
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The post of Clinical Nurse Manager II (Clinical Facilitator) Renal Dialysis Unit  has a pivotal role:


  • In enhancing outcomes for patients by assessment of standards of nursing, midwifery and healthcare assistant practice; the planning and implementation of appropriate education and professional development and the ongoing audit and evaluation of standards and patient outcomes.
  • In providing a quality educational and supportive service to nursing staff/students on postgraduate training programmes.
  • In the co-ordination and management of up to date educational/clinical programmes for relevant staff.


There is currently 1 x permanent whole-time vacancy available in the Renal Dialysis Unit, Cavan General Hospital.


A panel may be formed as a result of this campaign for Cavan Monaghan Hospital from which current and future, permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full or part-time duration may be filled.


Reporting to: 

Reports to the Nurse Practice Development Coordinator.

Accountable to the Director of Nursing.

Organisational Context

The RCSI Hospital Group includes the following hospitals;


  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Cavan General Hospital
  • Connolly Hospital
  • Louth County Hospital
  • Monaghan General Hospital
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
  • Rotunda Hospital


The Academic Partner for the Group is the RCSI.


RCSI Hospital Group provides a national service and a regional service to Dublin and the North East and is committed to the provision of world-class care, exceptional clinical services with respect and compassion.

Key Responsibilities

Cavan & Monaghan Hospital’s Catchment Population of over 120,000 covering Counties Cavan & Monaghan, and parts of Counties Longford, Leitrim, and Meath. Cavan Monaghan Hospital is part of the RCSI Hospitals Group which covers a population in excess of 800,000.


Cavan & Monaghan Hospital provides a range of acute medical, surgical, obstetric, and gynaecological, paediatric services, day care, outpatient, diagnostic and support services.  Emergency services are provided on a 365-day, 24 hour basis.  Multi-disciplinary teams representative of medical, nursing/midwifery, health and social care professionals, management administration and general support staff play a pivotal role in the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of these services.  Cavan General Hospital has a total in-patient bed complement of 255 and 102 day beds.  Monaghan Hospital has a total of 54 in-patient beds inclusive of step-down and rehabilitation and 17 day beds. The total staff HSE complement is approximately 1279 in Cavan General Hospital and 159 in Monaghan Hospital.  The hospital is affiliated to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) for medical education, to Dundalk Institute of Technology for nursing education and to University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Institute of Technology for health and social care professional education. 


The Renal Service at Cavan General Hospital CGH is an expanding regional service which is responding to a well-documented increase in the number of patients with renal failure nationally.  The service provides renal care to a large cohort of ambulatory haemodialysis patients and a new initiative for delivering Peritoneal Dialysis to patients locally has been launched. The Renal Service also provides outpatient clinics to patients of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). The Renal Service at CGH is committed to the development and on-going delivery of the National Renal Office objectives and national renal service developments.


The renal multidisciplinary team (MDT) works collaboratively to provide services and there is consultation at all levels.  The team members are: Consultant Nephrologists, Medical Staff, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Nurse Managers, Staff Nurses, Renal Dietician, Health Care Assistants and Multi-Task Attendants.


The ambulatory haemodialysis patients receive their dialysis treatment at the haemodialysis unit in CGH.  The renal dialysis unit (RDU) currently has 18 dialysis stations.

The renal low clearance clinic takes place in the OPD at CGH. Currently clinics are held twice weekly. There are 540 out patients with CKD or ESRD, of which 18 are post kidney transplant recipients.


Professional /Clinical


The Clinical Nurse Manager II (Clinical Facilitator) Renal Dialysis Unit will:

  • Provide a high level of professional and clinical leadership, demonstrating the values of compassion, care and commitment.
  • Provide safe, comprehensive nursing care to patients according to the Code of Professional Conduct as laid down by the Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing Midwifery Board Ireland) and Professional Clinical Guidelines
  • Practice nursing according to:
  • Professional Clinical Guidelines
  • National and Area Health Service Executive (HSE) guidelines.
  • Local policies, protocols and guidelines
  • Current legislation
  • Be responsible for the assessment of standards of nursing practice, with a particular focus on critical care and high dependency nursing care.
  • Be responsible for the co-ordination of a regular schedule education, professional development and clinical audit.
  • Lead and participate in the development and evaluation of quality initiatives on behalf of the development of nursing services.
  • Participate in teams / meetings / committees as appropriate, communicating and working in co-operation with other team members.
  • Facilitate co-ordination, co-operation and liaison across healthcare teams and programmes.
  • Develop on annual work plan to meet the changing service needs.
  • Maintain records in accordance with local service and professional standards.
  • Manage resources efficiently and effectively to ensure continuous quality improvement in service.
  • Attend and participate on departmental governance teams as required.
  • Adhere to and contribute to the development and maintenance of nursing standards, protocols and guidelines consistent with the highest standards of patient care.
  • Evaluate and manage the implementation of best practice policy and procedures.
  • Maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation
  • Implement and assess quality management programmes in consultation with the Nurse Practice Development team and other disciplines.
  • Initiate and participate in research studies as appropriate.
  • Operate within the scope of practice - seek advice and assistance from his / her manager with any cases or issues that prove to be beyond the scope of his / her professional competence in line with principles of best practice and clinical governance.
  • Participate in the development, formulation and evaluation of guidelines, policies and procedures to enhance a quality service.
  • Promote the guidelines for safety and best practice laid down by the hospital policies, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland guidelines and relevant Acts such as Data Protection Act 1988, and The Health, Safety & Welfare at Work Act 1999.
  • Assign time to engage directly in practice in order to keep pace with changes and provide enabling process for the staff to achieve their goals.


Liaison and Communication:


The Clinical Nurse Manager II (Clinical Facilitator) Renal Dialysis will

  • Liaise closely with Clinical Nurse Managers for all specialties in relation to policy proposals, staff training and development.
  • Ensure appropriate liaison and communication within the Department of Nursing and with all members of the multidisciplinary team as necessary.
  • Attend relevant meetings as required for role, liaison with appropriate staff.
  • Attend staff meetings and receive staff suggestions for improvement in the system of work.
  • Maintain open communication with all relevant staff.
  • Develop good working relationships with wards and departments to promote quality patient centred care.
  • Consult inter and intra-disciplinary both internally and externally as part of the contribution to promote staff education and patient management.
  • Promote effective nurse documentation in the department and maintain appropriate records.


Education and Training


The Clinical Nurse Manager II (Clinical Facilitator) Renal Dialysis will

  • Identify and address the specialist critical care education and clinical competency requirements for nursing staff of all grades and educational levels working in the areas with critical care and high dependency patients within Cavan General Hospital.
  • Facilitate in the preparation of Cavan General Hospital Renal Dialysis settings as a suitable environment in which staff can undertake Postgraduate Diploma in Renal/Urology Nursing.
  • Support continuous professional development for all nursing staff working in the Critical Care areas / nursing patients with critical care requirements in Cavan General Hospital, in liaison with ADoNs/ Service Managers, Clinical Nurse Managers and the Nurse Practice Development Coordinator.
  • Support orientation and competency development for   nursing staff commencing post in Critical Care areas
  • Support the development of quality improvement initiatives to support evidence based nursing practice in the critical care areas, namely the Intensive Care Unit and the Coronary Care Unit and Theatre, and for high dependency patients in the acute wards.
  • Work with the multidisciplinary team in establishing and maintaining a quality clinical learning environment.
  • Keep up to date with current research, ensure evidence based practice and research is utilised and must contribute to nursing research that is relevant to his/her area of practice.
  • Participate in the identification, development and delivery of induction, education, training and development programmes for nursing and non-nursing staff as applicable.
  • Identify and support meeting the educational needs in collaboration with the Practice Development Department.
  • Establish and maintain a mechanism of recording and co-ordination ongoing education. Support the implementation and maintenance of records systems for the training of nursing staff.
  • Develop, support, implement and participate in training and in-service education programmes for all staff.
  • Plan, organise, supervise, assess, evaluate and monitor quality nursing standards and foster advance evidence based clinical practice and the clinical learning environment.
  • Educate and support staff, including the introduction and orientation of new staff in assistance with the Clinical Nurse Managers /A/Director of Nursing / Human Resources.
  • Assist in the implementation of personal development planning in nursing services
  • Assist nursing personnel to maintain high levels of competence by enabling them to identify their personal professional goals, provide feedback, and facilitate achievement of personal development outcomes.
  • Implement and support the development of personal portfolios in collaboration with the clinical nurse manager, senior staff nurses, mentors and advocators.
  • Engage in continuing professional development by keeping up to date with nursing literature, recent nursing research and new developments in nursing management, education and practice and to attend staff study days and engage in clinical practice to maintain clinical competency as considered appropriate.
  • Engage in performance review processes including personal development planning as appropriate.




The Clinical Nurse Manager II (Clinical Facilitator Renal Dialysis will

  • Provide professional and clinical leadership and vision and facilitate staff team building to provide planned care and develop educational strategies and service goals.
  • Maintain a quality standard of service. Lead on pro-active quality improvement and support accreditation.
  • Effectively educate staff on hospital, regional policies as applicable.
  • Initiate relevant audits related to practice and participate in quality improvements initiatives.
  • Provide leadership and motivation which is conducive to good working relations and work performance.
  • Promote a culture that values diversity and respect in the workplace.
  • Lead and support on practice development within the clinical area.
  • Lead and support the implementation of change.
  • Promote, facilitate and participate in the development of nursing policies and procedures. Monitor as appropriate and lead on proactive improvement.
  • Support Clinical Nurse Managers in the compliance with legal requirements, policies and procedures affecting service users, staff and other hospital matters.
  • Manage and promote liaisons with internal / external bodies as appropriate e.g. intra-hospital service and the community.
  • Maintain all necessary clinical and administrative records and reporting arrangements.
  • Engage in IT developments as they apply to service user and service administration.
  • Engage in other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the Nurse Practice Development Coordinator and the Director of Nursing.


Health & Safety


The Clinical Nurse Manager II (Clinical Facilitator) Renal Dialysis will

  • Have a working knowledge of HIQA Standards as they apply to the role for example, Standards for Healthcare, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards and record keeping.
  • Assist Clinical Nurse Managers / nursing staff in their development in observing and ensuring implementation and adherence to established policies and procedures e.g. health and safety, infection control, storage and use of controlled drugs etc.
  • Adhere to department policies in relation to the care and safety of any equipment supplied for the fulfilment of duty.
  • Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.

Essential Criteria

Candidates must have at the latest date of application: -

  1. Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc.


(a) Eligible applicants will be those who on the closing date for the competition:


(i) Are registered in the General division of the Register of Nurses & Midwives maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann) or entitled to be so registered.




(ii) Have at least 5 years post registration experience of which 2 must be in the speciality of Renal Dialysis




(iii) Have the clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role.




(iv) Candidates must demonstrate evidence of continuous professional development.




(b) Candidates must possess the requisite knowledge and ability including a high standard of suitability and clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role.


  1. Annual registration

(i) Practitioners must maintain live annual registration on the relevant division of the Register of Nurses and Midwives maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann)




(ii) Confirm annual registration with NMBI to the HSE by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate (PSAC).



A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render and efficient service.



Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character.


Post Specific Requirements

  • Demonstrate depth and breadth of experience in Renal Dialysis care nursing as relevant to the role.
  • Holds a recognised post registration qualification in Renal Dialysis or related clinical area.

Skills & Competencies

Technical & Professional Knowledge

Has a command over the technical/ professional skills and knowledge required within the job holder’s role and continues to upskill to maintain high professional standards and continuous professional development requirements.


Leadership and Management

Manages performance to deliver team goals; demonstrates accountability for leading, directing, monitoring, and evaluating RCSI Hospital Group services. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best. Promotes confidence and positive attitude; influences others to follow a common goal.


Commitment to Quality & Risk Management

The ability to focus on understanding stakeholder’s needs and expectations and to respond effectively and efficiently to them. Has a good knowledge of and is committed to offer a quality service through the achievement of goals, accreditation standards, other organisation/department standards and risk management frameworks and guidelines.


Problem Solving & Decision Making

Identifies and solves problems by understanding the situation, seeking additional information, developing, and weighing alternatives, and choosing the most appropriate course of action given the circumstances.


Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Speaks and writes clearly, fluently, and effectively to both individuals and groups; communicates in a manner that will persuade, convince, and influence others, to motivate, inspire or encourage them to follow a particular course of action.


This Job Description is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the position and is subject to regular review and amendment. The role holder will be required to be flexible in this position and is expected to facilitate working additional hours on occasion, when requested.

The RCSI Hospital Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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