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Clinical Nurse Manager II - Maple Ward - SPC - Full Time

Job Locations Connolly Hospital
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(22/11/2022 09:52)
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The post of Clinical Nurse Manager 2 ( Maple Ward )


Maple ward is a 32 Acute Medical/Gastroenterology  ward  the CNM 2 has a pivotal role in service planning, co-ordinating, and managing activity and resources within the clinical area. The main responsibilities are: quality assurance, people management, resource management, staffing and staff development, practice development, facilitating communication and professional / clinical leadership


The Clinical Nurse Manager 2 

will deliver care in line with the five core concepts of the role set out in the Framework for the Establishment of Clinical Nurse/Midwife Specialist Posts, 4th edition, National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery (NCNM) 2008

Organisational Context

RCSI Hospitals Group covers a population of over 800,000 people.  Connolly Hospital’s Catchment Population of over 331,000 covers Dublin West, North Kildare and South Meath.


Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown is a major teaching hospital providing a range of acute medical and surgical 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, allied health professionals, management and general support staff play a pivotal role in the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of these services.  The hospital has a current bed complement of 391 beds.


The hospital is affiliated to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) for medical education, to Dublin City University (DCU) for nursing education          and to University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Institute of Technology for allied health professional education.

The RCSI Hospital Group includes the following hospitals

  •  Beaumont Hospital
  • Cavan General Hospital
  • Connolly Hospital
  • Louth County Hospital
  • Monaghan 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 Dublin North East and is committed to the provision of world class care, exceptional clinical services with respect and compassion.

Key Responsibilities

  • The person holding this post is required to support the principle that the care of the patient comes first at all times and will approach their work with the flexibility and enthusiasm necessary to make this principle a reality for every patient to the greatest possible degree.
  • Maintain throughout the hospital awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all hospital activities.
  • Performance management systems are part of role and you will be required to participate in the Group’s performance management programme. 
  • The post holder’s practice is based on the five core concepts of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (Infection Prevention & Control) role as defined by the NCNM 4th edition (2008) in order to fulfil the role. The concepts are:

Clinical Focus

Patient/Client Advocate

Education and Training

Audit and Research


Clinical Focus

The Clinical Nurse Manager II (Maple Ward) will have a strong patient focus whereby the specialty defines itself as nursing and subscribes to the overall purpose, functions and ethical standards of nursing. The clinical practice role may be divided into direct and indirect care. Direct care comprises the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care to the patient, family and/or carer. Indirect care relates to activities that influence and support the provision of direct care.


Direct Care

The Clinical Nurse Manager 2 will:

  • Manage patient care to ensure the highest professional standards using an evidence based, care planning approach.
  • Provide a high level of professional and clinical leadership.
  • Be responsible for the co-ordination, assessment, planning, delivery and review of service user care by all staff in designated area(s).
  • Provide safe, comprehensive nursing care to service users 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
  • Manage own caseload in accordance with the needs of the post.
  • 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.
  • Collaborate with service users, family, carers and other staff in treatment / care planning and in the provision of support and advice.
  • Communicate verbally and / or in writing results of assessments, treatment / care programmes and recommendations to the team and relevant others in accordance with service policy. 
  • Plan discharge or transition of the service user between services as appropriate.
  • Ensure that service users and others are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Maintain nursing records in accordance with local service and professional standards.
  • 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 e.g. admission and discharge procedures, control and usage of stocks and equipment, grievance and disciplinary procedures.
  • Maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation.
  • In consultation with Clinical Nurse Manager 3 and other disciplines, implement and assess quality management programmes.
  • Participate in clinical audit as required.
  • Initiate and participate in research studies as appropriate.
  • Devise and implement Health Promotion Programmes for service users as relevant to the post.
  • Participate in the hospital’s accreditation process and as part of teams/meetings/committees (e.g. Risk Management, Nursing practice, Environmental Committee, Decontamination Committee) as appropriate to the service, communicating and working in co-operation with other team members.
  • Identify health promotion priorities for the patient, family and/or carer and support patient self-care in line with best evidence. This will include the provision of Respiratory Nursing Services educational and health promotion material which is comprehensive, easy to understand and meets patient’s needs.


Patient/Client Advocate

The Clinical Nurse Manager 2 will

Communicate, negotiate and represent patient’s family and/or carer values and decisions in relation to their condition in collaboration with MDT colleagues in both Primary and Secondary Care as appropriate.

  • Develop and support the concept of advocacy, particularly in relation to patient participation in decision making, thereby enabling informed choice of treatment options.
  • Respect and maintain the privacy, dignity and confidentiality of the patient, family and/or carer.
  • Establish, maintain and improve procedures for collaboration and cooperation between Acute Services, Primary Care and Voluntary Organisations as appropriate.
  • Proactively challenge any interaction which fails to deliver a quality service to patients


Education & Training

  • The Clinical Nurse Manager 2 will
  • Maintain clinical competence in patient management within surgical day ward, keeping up-to-date with relevant research to ensure the implementation of evidence based practice.
  • Contribute to the design, development and implementation of education programmes and resources for the patient, family.
  • Provide mentorship and preceptorship for nursing/midwifery colleagues as appropriate.
  • Participate in training programmes for nursing/midwifery, MDT colleagues and key stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Be responsible for addressing own continuing professional development needs.
  • Participate in the identification, development and delivery of induction, and ongoing education, training and development programmes.

Audit & Research

           The Clinical Nurse Manager 2  will

  • Undertake audits and complete reports against agreed guidelines.
  • Maintain a record of clinically relevant data aligned to National Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) as directed and advised by the Director of Nursing.
  • Identify, initiate and conduct nursing/midwifery and MDT audit and research projects relevant to the area.
  • Use the outcomes of audit to improve service provision.
  • Contribute to service planning and budgetary processes through use of audit data and specialist knowledge.
  • Monitor, access, utilise and disseminate current relevant research to advise and ensure the provision of informed evidence based practice.
  • Initiate and organise studies of new techniques and trials of products / equipment to evaluate outcomes and recommend change, if necessary.

Health & Safety

  • These duties must be performed in accordance with local organisational and the HSE health and safety polices. In carrying out these duties the employee must ensure that effective safety procedures are in place to comply with the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act (2005). Staff must carry out their duties in a safe and responsible manner in line with the local policy documents and as set out in the local safety statement, which must be read and understood.

Quality, Risk and Safety Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of all staff to:

  • Participate and cooperate with legislative and regulatory requirements with regard to quality, risk and safety.
  • Participate and cooperate with local quality, risk and safety initiatives as required
  • Participate and cooperate with internal and external evaluations of the organisation’s structures, services and processes as required.
  • Initiate, support and implement quality improvement initiatives in their area which are in keeping with local organisational quality, risk and safety requirements.
  • Contribute to the development of PPPGs and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Comply with Health Service Executive (HSE) Complaints Policy.
  • Ensure completion of incident/near miss forms and clinical risk reporting.
  • Adhere to department policies in relation to the care and safety of any equipment supplied and used to carry out the responsibilities of the role of CNM 2


The Clinical Nurse Manager II wil

  • Provide an efficient, effective and high quality service, respecting the needs of each patient, family and/or carer.
  • Effectively manage time and caseload in order to meet changing and developing service needs.
  • Continually monitor the service to ensure it reflects current needs.
  • Implement and manage identified changes.
  • Ensure that confidentiality in relation to patient records is maintained.
  • Represent the specialist service at local, national and international fora as required.
  • Maintain accurate and contemporaneous records and data on all matters pertaining to the planning, management, delivery and evaluation of nursing care in the surgical day ward
  • Contribute to the service planning process as appropriate and as directed by the Director of Nursing.
  • Exercise authority in the running of the assigned area(s) as deputised by the Clinical Nurse Manager 3.
  • Provide the necessary supervision, co-ordination and deployment of nursing and support staff to ensure the optimum delivery of care in the designated area(s).
  • Manage communication at ward and departmental level and facilitate team building.
  • Provide staff leadership and motivation which is conducive to good working relations and work performance.KPIs
  • The identification and development of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which are congruent with the hospital’s service plan targets and Nursing Respiratory Department objectives.
  • The development of Action Plans to address KPI targets.
  • Driving and promoting a Performance Management culture.
  • In conjunction with line manager assist in the development of a Performance Management system for your profession.
  • The management and delivery of KPIs as a routine and core business objective.


  • Employees must attend fire lectures periodically and must observe fire orders.
  • All accidents within the Department must be reported immediately.
  • Infection Control Policies must be adhered to.
  • In line with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 all staff must comply with all safety regulations and audits.
  • In line with the Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Act 2004, smoking within the Hospital Building is not permitted.
  • Hospital uniform code must be adhered to.
  • Provide information that meets the need of Senior Management.
  • Risk Management, Infection Prevention & Control, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety
  • The management of Risk, Infection Prevention & Control, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety is the responsibility of everyone and will be achieved within a progressive, honest and open environment.
  • The post holder must be familiar with the necessary education, training and support to enable them to meet this responsibility.
  • The post holder has a duty to familiarise themselves with the relevant Organisational Policies, Procedures & Standards and attend training as appropriate in the following areas:
  • Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives.
  • Document Control Information Management System.
  • Risk Management Strategy and Policies.
  • Hygiene Related Policies, Procedures and Standards.
  • Decontamination Code of Practice.
  • Infection Prevention & Control Policie.s
  • Safety Statement, Health & Safety Policies and Fire Procedure.
  • Data Protection and confidentiality Policies.
  • The post holder is responsible for ensuring that they become familiar with the requirements stated within the Risk Management Strategy and that they comply with the Hospitals Risk Management Incident/Near miss reporting Policies and Procedures.
  • The post holder is responsible for ensuring that they comply with hygiene services requirements in your area of responsibility. Hygiene Services incorporates environment and facilities, hand hygiene, catering, cleaning, the management of laundry, waste, sharps and equipment.
  • The post holder must foster and support a quality improvement culture throughout your area of responsibility in relation to hygiene services.
  • It is the post holders’ specific responsibility for Quality & Risk Management, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety will be clarified to you in the induction process and by your line manager.
  • The post holder must take reasonable care for his or her own actions and the effect that these may have upon the safety of others.
  • The post holder must cooperate with management, attend Health & Safety related training and not undertake any task for which they have not been authorised and adequately trained.
  • The post holder is required to bring to the attention of a responsible person any perceived shortcoming in our safety arrangements or any defects in work equipment.
  • It is the responsibility of the post holder to be aware of and comply with the HSE Health Care Records Management / Integrated Discharge Planning (HCRM / IDP) Code of Practice.


Essential Criteria

Candidates must have at the latest date of application: -


Eligible candidates will be those who on the closing date for the competition



  • Be registered in the General Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) or be entitled to be so registered




  • Have the clinical and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role


Annual Registration

  • On appointment, practitioners, must maintain live registration on the General Nurse Division of the Register of Nurses and Midwives maintained by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland [NMBI] (Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann)




  • Practitioners must confirm annual registration with the NMBI to the HSE by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate [PSAC]



  • Have at least 5 years post registration experience – two of which must be in Orthopaedic Nursing.



  • Have the clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role.



  • Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development at the appropriate level.( High Diploma in Orthopaedic Nursing)


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 regular and efficient service.



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



The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act, 2018* set 70 years as the compulsory retirement age for public servants.


  * Public Servants not affected by this legislation:

Public servants recruited between 1 April 2004 and 31 December 2012 (new entrants) have no compulsory retirement age.


Public servants recruited since 1 January 2013 are members of the Single Pension Scheme and have a compulsory retirement age of 70.


Skills & Competencies

Technical & Professional Expertise

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.


Building & Maintaining Relationships

Builds and maintains relationships with a network of people. Recognises the two way nature of relationships and works to develop mutually beneficial partnerships. Interacts with others in a manner that builds respect and fosters trust.


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, in order 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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