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Staff Nurse (General)

Job Locations Cavan & Monaghan Hospitals
Posted Date 2 months ago(06/10/2023 17:48)
Nursing & Midwifery
EUR €33,193.00/Yr.
EUR €50,865.00/Yr.
Closing Date


As a member of the front line nursing team within Cavan General & Monaghan Hospital’s, the staff nurse will deliver patient centred clinical care with respect and compassion. Provide clinical nursing leadership and ensure the provision of high quality care, consistent with the mission, vision, values and strategic plan of the hospital. Displaying excellent clinical, interpersonal and communication skills, the staff nurse will have a progressive attitude to the continual improvement of patient care through research and evidence based practice.


As per 1st March 2023 Payscales 

2135 STAFF NURSE - 33,193 35,126 36,113 37,418 39,063 40,706 42,341 43,756 45,174 46,585 47,998 49,385 50,865 LSI


This campaign will run in compliance with the Code of Practice prepared by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA).

The CPSA is responsible for establishing the principles that should be followed when making an appointment. These are set out in the CPSA Code of Practice. The Code outlines the standards that should be adhered to at each stage of the selection process and sets out the review and appeal mechanisms open to candidates should they be unhappy with a selection process.

The CPSA Code of Practice can be accessed via https://www.cpsa.ie/.

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 emergency, acute medical, surgical, obstetric, and gynaecological, paediatric services, day care, outpatient, diagnostic and support services. 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.


Clinical Practice

  • Develop and maintain the clinical skills and knowledge necessary to provide clinically effective, holistic, evidence based nursing care. This includes expanded role responsibilities, within the Scope of Professional Practice, following appropriate training.
  • Take direction from the senior nursing management team on all clinical matters
  • Promote the health, safety, welfare and social wellbeing of patients within our services
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate individual person centred care programmes within an agreed framework.
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, families, carers and other staff, overcoming any barriers to understanding and providing support during distressing or emotional events.
  • Develop and promote good interpersonal relationships working with all key stakeholders, reporting to senior nurse management on clinical issues as appropriate. Participate in innovation and change in the approach to patient care delivery particularly in relation to new research findings, evidence based practice and advances in treatment.
  • To be competent in the administration of medication and adhere to Hospital Medication Policy at all times.
  • Participate in community needs assessment and ongoing community delivery of care
  • Promote a positive health concept with patients and colleagues and contribute to health promotion and disease prevention initiatives of the Health Service Executive.
  • Demonstrate flexibility by rotating / assisting in other units / care settings as required to meet nursing resource needs and the requirements of the integrated services programme (ISP).
  • Ensure implementation of infection prevention and control guidelines
  • Strong knowledge of HIQA Standards as they apply to the role and setting, for example, Standards for Healthcare, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc.
  • Evaluate information, problem solve and make appropriate decisions based on evidence
  • Engage in skilled, compassionate, individualised and timely communication with patients, families, carers and members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Deliver information in a clear and concise manner to staff, committees and all key stakeholders

Risk Management, Quality, Patient Safety and Governance

  • Ensure high standards for clinical governance and quality & safety
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the multi-disciplinary systems of audit and risk management.
  • Contribute to the measurement of quality of outcomes, effective use of resources such as Key Performance Indicators / Nursing Metrics.
  • Be accountable for risk assessments of clinical areas and assist in the development of a quality improvement plans to address deficits.
  • Conduct on-going and regular audit at the request of the Director of Nursing and subsequent action planning for all areas within the nursing remit.
  • Assist in the development and review of policies and standards for the safe use of equipment and any new equipment introduced to the department.
  • Accurately record and report all complaints to the appropriate personnel

People Management

  • Ensure the provision of appropriate supervision and support to Post Graduate and Under Graduate Student Nurse.
  • Be a team leader for a group of nurses, acting as a mentor/preceptor and facilitating their development through challenge and support.
  • Commitment to own continued professional development and promote a culture of learning. Ensure compliance with all mandatory training.
  • Undertake the key worker role and assign it as appropriate
  • Manage allocated resources effectively and efficiently. This includes maintaining the correct skill mix of staff for patient dependency, bed/list management, utilisation of time and equipment.
  • Ensure knowledge of hospital policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Engage in localised performance management strategies and professional development planning.
  • Comply with HR system and policy requirements including the recording of relevant data
  • Participate / establish communication mechanism for the nursing team including schedule of staff meetings.

Essential Criteria

Statutory Registration, Professional Qualifications, Experience etc.


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].



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.


Patient Centred
Demonstrates eagerness to understand patient needs. Views the patient as central to the delivery of every day service through consistent understanding, tolerance, care, support and empathy while promoting empowerment, independence and choice.


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.


Has the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others; collaborating to get the job done. Provides support to colleagues to help develop a strong and cohesive team ethos. Willing to participate as a member of the team.


Flexibility & Adaptability
Works effectively within a variety of situations with individuals or groups. Adapts one's approach as the requirements of a situation changes; adjusts tasks and priorities when necessary. Accepts that changes in one’s role may be required from time to time.

Thinks carefully about the likely effects on others of one's words, actions, appearance, and mode of behaviour. Takes responsibility for delivering one’s role to the highest professional standards consistently.


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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