Not disclosed

1. Academic / Professional Qualifications and / or relevant experience

Each candidate must:

Be registered in the General Division of the active Register held by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. You are required to include your nursing registration pin no on your application

Have a minimum of 2 years post registration experience in the past 3 years in the acute care sector

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

Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Demonstrate evidence of continuing learning and professional development


2. Age Restrictions In Relation To Applications

Age restriction shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed applications for the office occurs.


3. Health

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 as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.


4. Be of good character.


5. Garda Vetting is sought for all employees and prospective employees of Tallaght Hospital.  Given the specialised nature of the services provided, your appointment will be subject to satisfactory Garda Vetting and re-vetting in circumstances where the Hospital deems it appropriate. The Hospital will then process the necessary documentation to endeavour to obtain satisfactory Garda clearance for you.  You are obliged to disclose previous and any criminal convictions acquired during the course of your employment.  Should the Hospital obtain information from the Garda Vetting Unit to indicate that your Garda clearance report is not satisfactory and / or if you have supplied the hospital with false or misleading information in relation to your Garda clearance status, the Hospital reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contract in accordance with Tallaght Hospital Garda Vetting policy.



Particulars of Office

This contract of employment is not a ‘temporary contract’ but operates on an “indefinite duration” basis. Nurses who are appointed to participate in the nursing bank are available on an ongoing basis to cover service needs which arise, generally for short indeterminate periods.



Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health & Children. Current remuneration with effect from 1st January 2018 is:


€14.10 per hour by 15 increments to €22.23 per hour


Pension arrangements and retirement age

There are three superannuation schemes currently in operation for staff in Tallaght Hospital:


(a)       Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (Non-New Entrant) 

(b)      Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (New Entrant)

(c)       Single Public Service Pension Scheme

Please read carefully the summary of the criteria for the three superannuation schemes below. This will assist you in identifying which scheme membership is applicable to your employment circumstances.

(a)       If you have been continually employed in the public service prior to the 1st April 2004 and you have not had a break in service of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (Non-New Entrant) with a Minimum Retirement Age of 60 and a Maximum Retirement Age of 65.

(b)      If you have been continually employed in the public service post the 1st April 2004 and you have not had a break in service of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (New Entrant) with a Minimum Retirement Age of 65. There is no Maximum Retirement Age.

(c)       If you have commenced employment in the public service as a new entrant or you are a former public servant, returning to the public service after a break of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Single Public Service Pension Scheme effective from the 1st January 2013 with a minimum retirement age of 66 (rising to 67 and 68 in line with state pension changes).  The maximum retirement age under this scheme will be age 70.



The Staff Nurse, Nurse Bank will perform such duties as are outlined in this job description



The successful candidate will be appointed initially for a probationary period of 6 months. During the probationary period progress or otherwise will be monitored and at the end of the probationary period the service will (a) be certified as satisfactory and confirmed in writing or if not satisfactory, the probationary period may be extended by 3 months.

Annual Leave:        


Annual Leave for WTE (Pro Rata)

24 (0-5 years)

25 (5-10 years)

27 (10 years or more)


Public Holidays

Bank Nurses must work at least 40 hours in the 5 weeks ending on the day before the public holiday to qualify for public holiday benefit.

A nurse who is scheduled to work on the day on which the public holiday falls is entitled to payment for hours worked plus single time extra for each of those hours.

S/he is also entitled to one-fifth of his/her normal weekly pay (based on an average of his/her earnings during the preceding 13weeks).

A Nurse who is not required to work on the day on which the public holiday falls is entitled one-fifth of his/her normal weekly pay (based on an average of his/her earnings during the preceding 13 weeks).


Sick Leave:

Payment of salary during illness will be in accordance with arrangements as approved from time to time by the Department of Health and Children.


Termination of Office:

The employment may be terminated at any time by one months’ notice on either side except where circumstances are dictated by the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act 1973/91. The Management’s right under this paragraph shall not be exercised save in circumstances where the Management is of the opinion that the holder of the office has failed to perform satisfactorily the duties of the post or has misconducted himself/herself in relation to the post or is otherwise unfit to hold the appointment.


Job Summary

The primary purpose of the nursing bank will be to provide a group of flexible employees contracted to work on an ‘if and when required basis’ to cover for planned and unplanned staffing shortfalls. The Nursing Bank will centralise the ordering of Bank Nurses and provide an effective, efficient and flexible Nursing healthcare resource to clinical areas throughout the hospital.  The post holder works as part of the multi-disciplinary team to deliver a high standard of care to patients within The Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Dublin incorporating the National Children’s Hospital. The post holder will be responsible for managing the care of patients and the needs of their families, ensuring that quality is maintained.  The post holder is required to develop additional clinical skills required in their area of work.

This job description sets out the key tasks and responsibilities of this post.  It is essential that it should be regarded with a degree of flexibility so that changing needs of the service can be met.

General Accountability

Support the Clinical Nurse Managers in the implementation of Hospital Policy in all matters.

Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the Values of the Hospital.

 Be neat in appearance and wear Hospital uniform at all times.

Be responsible to the CNM’s of the wards and the Nursing Bank, and the Assistant Directors of Nursing.

Be professionally accountable to the Director of Nursing.


Specific Accountability

1. Clinical Responsibilities


Ensure a high standard of care delivered safely in accordance with the hospital policies, procedures and guidelines and the Scope of Nursing Practice Framework.


Encourage recognition of the patient as an individual; ensuring patient’s needs and comfort are given priority.

Assess, plan and deliver patient care, together with the multidisciplinary team.

Communicate with relevant team regarding patients’ condition and relaying information and changes in doctor orders to the clinical nurse manager.

Play an active role in patient and family education and be actively involved in health education and promotion.

Follow hospital policy in relation to controlled drugs, check and witness administration of such drugs. Accurately keep controlled drug records.

Participate where appropriate, in education and training of other hospital staff as the need arises.  This includes students at both undergraduate and post-graduate level and junior staff.

Promote evidence based practice.

Assist with the development and maintenance of standards of care.


2. Management Responsibilities

Follow hospital policy with regards to accidents, incidents and complaints.

Liaise with other hospital staff and departments in order to promote and maintain good working relationships and high standards of care and service for patients.

Be willing to be redeployed to another area, when requested.

All candidates should note that, in order to maintain a timely process, the closing date and time for receipt of applications will be strictly adhered to

Be aware of the need to detect and report faulty equipment to CNM to ensure repairs are carried out.

Supervise duties of all non-nursing personnel.

Take part in and contribute to, audit programmes as required.


3. Information Technology & data

Make the most effective and efficient use of developments in information technology for both patient care and administrative support in a manner which integrates well with systems throughout the organisation.

Collect, interpret and present data and information on the Department’s activities, staffing and expenditure, as required.


4. Health & Safety

All employees must comply with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005.

Comply with relevant Health and Safety responsibilities as outlined in Hospital Polices, Protocols and Procedures relevant to your area.

Take reasonable care to protect your own safety, health and welfare and that of any other person who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work.


5. Hygiene / Infection prevention and control 

All employees have responsibility for Hygiene awareness.  Hygiene is defined as “The practice that serves to keep people and environments clean and prevent infection.”

All employees also have a responsibility under their terms of employment to prevent transmission of infection and to follow the hospital infection        control policies and guidelines as outlined in the Infection Control      Manual.

All employees must be aware that they work in an area where there is potential for transmission of infection.

All employees have a responsibility to follow hand hygiene guidelines as this is the single most important intervention to prevent the transmission of infection


6. Quality, Safety and Risk Management

Support the delivery of the Quality, Safety and Risk Management Programme, including the appropriate identification and management of risks and incidents throughout the hospital.



You will be aware of the confidential nature of Hospital work and in particular, the right of patients to confidentiality.  To this end, you will not discuss workings of the Hospital or its patients or disclose any information of a confidential nature except as required to do so in the course of your work. No records, documents or property of the Hospital may be removed from the premises of the Hospital without prior authorisation. You must return to the Hospital upon request and, in any event, upon the termination of your employment, all documents or other property of the Hospital which are in your possession or under your control.


8.Data Management

Ensure compliance with the obligations required by the Data Protection Act 2003.


9. Development of Hospital Groups

The Hospital Structure is currently under review and therefore, reporting relationships may change. The development of Hospital Groups may require the post-holder to adopt a different reporting relationship and additional accountabilities.  Full consultation will take place in advance of any such change.


NOTE: The extent and speed of change in the delivery of health care is such that adaptability is essential at this level of appointment.  The incumbent will be required to maintain, enhance and develop their knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary to respond to a changing situation. The Job Description must be regarded as an outline of the major areas of accountability at the present time, which will be reviewed and assessed on an on-going basis.



Applications can be submitted ‘on-line’ at by completing the application form and attaching your CV.

Candidates should be aware that, when applying for a post through the 'On-Line' Application System (Candidate Manager) they will receive an automated replying acknowledging receipt of their application.  Should you for any reason, not receive this automated acknowledgement, you should notify the Human Resources Department, before the closing date, otherwise your application will not be considered.


Informal enquiries to Ms Finola Power, Nurse Bank Manager - Telephone (01) 414 2111