Temporary Full-Time

CNM 2 ICU – Audit
Full Time Specified Purpose post          
Reference No: 10.029 (2022)

1.      Each candidate must:
  • Be registered in the General Division of the active Register held by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be entitled to be so registered.
  • Have 5 years post registration experience and a minimum of 2 years in the specialty or related area.
  • Have a recognised post graduate course in Intensive Care Nursing of not less than a level 7 on the NFQ framework
  • Have the clinical, managerial 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
  • A track record of working across disciplines and general competency in report writing and data literacy i.e. understands the clinical indicators that will be collected and has the ability to use PC for data entry and report writing.
  • A recognized qualification in intensive care nursing is desirable.
  • Experience in data collection/data interpretation is desirable.

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 University 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 University Hospital Garda Vetting policy.


1.         The appointment is a Full Time, temporary and pensionable on a Specified Purpose contract.
2.         Remuneration:
Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health & Children. Current remuneration with effect from 1st October 2021 is:
€51,422 by x 9 increments to €60,792
Salary scales will be updated in line with nationally agreed pay agreements and will be updated accordingly and retrospective payments applied as applicable

3.         Pension arrangements and retirement age
There are three superannuation schemes currently in operation for staff in Tallaght University 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.

4.         Duties:
 The CNM2 Audit Nurse will perform such duties as are outlined in this job description.

5.         Hours of work:
Normal working hours are 37.5 worked over 7 days. Your contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 7.30 am to 8 pm over 7 days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement. 

6.     Probation:
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.

7.     Annual Leave:
Annual leave entitlement is 25 -28 days hours plus 9 Public Holidays per annum. The annual leave year runs from 1st April to 31st March each year.

8.      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.

9.     Termination of Office:
The employment may be terminated at any time by two 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.


The person chosen will:
  • Maintain throughout the Hospital awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all Hospital activities.
  • Maintain throughout the Hospital an awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all Hospital activities.
  • Ensure the provision of a high standard of care to the patient and families is consistent with the mission, vision, values and strategic plan of the Hospital.
  • Support the Clinical Nurse Managers in the implementation of Hospital Policy in all matters.
  • Identify and implement operation of Hospital Policy in all matters.
  • Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the Values of the Hospital.
  • Be responsible to the CNM III ICU Manager and the Directorate Nurse Manger for this area.
  • Be professionally accountable to the Director of Nursing

  • Be responsible for co-ordinating and implementing a Programme of clinical audit within the ICU as agreed with the Medical Director of ICU the ICU Clinical Nurse Managers and the Directorate Nurse Manger.
  • Liaise with intensive care medical and nursing staff regarding the information collected and identify any gaps in information provided prior to inputting to the data base.
  • Assist in other specific audits related to the National ICU Audit Programme as directed by the Medical Director of ICU, and in agreement with the ICU Clinical Nurse Managers and directorate nurse manager.
  • Ensure all audits are conducted in accordance with standards.
  • Follow policies and procedures in accordance with hospital guidelines, the National ICU Audit Programme and the National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA).
  • Assist with the training and supervision of other staff classified as users of the database to maintain continuity and accuracy of data inputting.
  • Maintain/Update ICU clinical skills. This should be agreed with the ICU Nurse Manager, ICU Medical Director and the nurse assigned to the National ICU Audit Programme, preferably using a personal development planning process, to agree required continuing professional development (CPD).
  • Keep up to date with developments in ICU audit by attending seminars, meetings, training and other CPD opportunities as agreed with line manager using a personal development plan.
  • Develop implement and evaluate, with support from the National ICU Audit Coordinator, a suitable process to ensure validation of collected data.
  • Collect and collate data as per ICU audit dataset approved by National ICU Audit. Sources include nursing and medical notes, input from CIS, input by medical and nursing staff, links with other IT systems in hospital e.g. IPIMS, Microbiology, PACS, laboratory etc.
  • Ensure safe transfer of data to appropriate body (ICNARC, HIPE office in each hospital, national/central ICU database, etc.) in compliance with Data Protection requirements.
  • Answer data validation queries from ICNARC in compliance with data protection requirements.
  • Receive data analysis reports from ICNARC and convey results back to the Unit staff.
  • Facilitate access to audit data for relevant hospital personnel, which must be authorised in writing by the ICU Director.
  • Provide education to ICU nursing and medical staff regarding the Audit process and the National ICU Audit.
  • Adhere to statutory obligations under the Data Protection Act to include the safe storage and safe transfer of data. Understand encryption of data.
  • Take responsibility for the collection and collating of data on rates of Organ Donation in the ICU.
  • Produce, in collaboration with the medical, nursing, audit and management staff an Annual Report for the ICU incorporating audit data and other local data required by the ICU Medical Director. The ICU Medical Director is responsible for final content of this Report which is normally circulated only within the Hospital.
  • Provide ICNARC data analysis reports to the ICU Medical Director, Clinical Nurse Manager and the Directorate Nurse Manger.
  • Submit agreed reports to the National ICU Audit Coordinator.
  • Be aware of the Hospital Budget and the effectiveness of remaining within the parameters laid down.
  • Ensure most effective use of available resources.
Information Technology
  • Ensure that the team makes 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.
  • Ensure that all staff are trained in the use of computer systems, which are used in the management of patient episodes in the Hospital, e.g.: Pims, Order coms and any other programmes used in the ICU environment.

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.

Hygiene/Infection 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
  • 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 with people outside the Hospital, save as required to do so in the course of your work. 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. No documents or property of the Hospital may be removed from the Hospital without prior authorisation.

Data Management
  • Ensure compliance with the obligations required by the Data Protection Act 2018.

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 appointee will be required to maintain, enhance and develop their knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary to respond to this changing environment.  He/she will also be required to participate in and support the Hospital’s Digital transformation strategy which may impact work processes and role profiles in the future. The Job Description must therefore 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 as advancements and developments evolve.


Applications must be submitted ‘on-line’ at www.tuh.ie/careers 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.

Closing Date: Before close of business on:  15th December 2022

Informal enquiries to Ms Lisa Dunne, CNM3 ICU. Telephone (01) 4144529 or email Lisa.Dunne@tuh.ie

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