1.        Each candidate must:

•    be registered in the Children’s Division of the live Register of Nurses kept by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
be registered in the General Division of the live Register of Nurses kept by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and have a recognised Children’s Emergency Course / currently working in Children’s Emergency care for five years from date of application.

•    have a minimum of 5 years post registration experience.

have a minimum of 3 years recent experience in Children’s Emergency Nursing

•    have successfully completed a Management Course / Module within the past ten years or give commitment to undertake same, within the year of appointment

•    have undertaken a recognised Emergency Course or give commitment to undertake same, within the three years of appointment

•    have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


•    Experience in mentorship, teaching and assessing

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.


1.    The appointment is a Part Time, Permanent contact. (27.69 hours per week)
2.    Remuneration:
Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health and Children. Current remuneration with effect from 1st April 2017:
€48,570 by 9 increments to €57,421 pro rata
3.    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.

4.    Duties:
    The CNM II will perform such duties as are outlined in this job description.

5.    Hours of work: 
Normal working hours are 27.69  worked over 7 days. However you will be required to work the agreed roster/on call arrangements advised to you by your line manager.  Your contracted hours of work are liable to change 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 working days pro rata, depending on length of service, plus 9 Bank Holidays per annum as they occur. The annual leave year runs from 1st of 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.       Place of Work
Your place of work will be at Tallaght Hospital, but due to the announcement of one National Paediatric Hospital, you may be required to transfer with the services to this new Hospital at a different location in the future

10.     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.

The person chosen will:

•    Maintain throughout the Hospital an awareness of the primacy of the patient and their family in relation to all Hospital activities.
•    Ensure the provision of a high standard of care to the patient and their family in the Emergency Department is consistent with the mission, vision, values and strategic plan of the Hospital.
•    Lead the professional organisation and management of the Emergency Department.
•    Recruit, train and lead a team of skilled staff, creating and promoting healthy working relationships.
•    Identify and implement operational processes to the standards of best practice in order to optimise use of resources and to ensure compliance with statutory requirements.
•    Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the Values of the Hospital.
•    Direct reporting relationship is to CNM III in Paediatric Emergency Department.
•    Be professionally accountable to the Paediatric Directorate Nurse Manager and the Director of Nursing. 


1.    Management Responsibilities
•    Responsible with the CNM III for the organising and management of the Department on a 24 hour basis.
•    Ensure a high standard of family centred care is delivered safely in accordance with the Hospital policies and procedures.
•    Ensure patients are triaged and that waiting times are monitored closely.
•    Implement a Systematic method for the assessment of individual patient’s needs and ensure proper documentation of same.
•    Decide how to organise the admission and discharge of patients in consultation with the Nurse Manager on duty for the NCH.
•    Monitor the flow of patients through the department on a daily basis communicating with the appropriate medical consultant regarding the ongoing situation. 
•    Record activity analysis on a daily basis and document same with the CNM III in relation to standard of patient care and staffing standards.
•    Supervise nursing support staff.

Clinical Responsibilities
•    Use a framework to assess individual patient needs consistent with Hospital nursing policy.
•    Ensure that appropriate Nursing Care is planned for individual patients based on needs assessment and that each individual patient receives family centred   nursing care encompassing medical instruction and in conformance with established procedure and standards of care.
•    Ensure verbal and written Nursing Reporting Systems are accurate and adequate.
•    Ensure that accurate nursing reports accompany patients who are being transferred to wards or referred to other hospitals.
•    Ensure clinical competence of staff in performing clinical activities.
•    Facilitate change in work practices, procedures, techniques or technologies having regard to developments and in accordance with agreed core standards and best practice. Introduce and maintain systems for evaluating the service being provided in conjunction with CNM III.
•    Maintain clinical skills by performing nursing care and providing ongoing education.
•    Communicate with relatives of patients and with visitors as requested and arrange visits of Hospital Chaplains/Pastoral Care team as required.
•    Research and promote quality initiatives that are evidence based.
•    Supervise in co-operation with the Supplies Department the custody and stock level of all materials held in the Department and the delegation of these duties to appropriate staff. 
•    Receive and record details concerning mishaps, complaints and defects in supplies and equipment. Investigate the circumstances with appropriate staff and report findings as required. Promote awareness of risk management and appropriate reporting of critical incidents.
•    Facilitate the arrangement necessary and 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.
•    Attend meetings as required by Hospital Management and keep staff briefed on developments in the Hospital.

•    Co-operate in the management of the budget for the department in conjunction with the CNM III and Emergency Consultant, ensuring the most effective use of available resources.
•    Ensure that expenditure is controlled within agreed budgets/cash limits and in Compliance with the Hospital’s financial plan.
•    Assist in the preparation of budget estimates.
•    Maintain as required an Asset Register of appropriate equipment.
•    Ensure that statistical and management information is provided to Management on a monthly basis as requested.

Staff Management
•    Promote a philosophy of empowerment in which all team members are developed to reach their full potential.
•    Ensure that staffing levels and skill mix are appropriate and within the resource allocation.
•    Create and promote open communications, healthy working relationships and stimulate initiative among the Emergency team.
•    Assist the CNM III in the recruitment, selection and training of staff as requested.
•    Promote, nurture and maintain a high level of staff morale hence promoting team spirit and job satisfaction among nursing and other staff within the department.
•    Motivate team members, by agreeing goals and objective, through performance review
•    Assist with development requirements for the Children’s Emergency team.
•    Maintain team work and, only when necessary, take action in accordance with the Hospital’s disciplinary policy.
•    Ensure all unit staff adhere to the dress code of the Hospital.
•    Be aware of the hospital policy on dealing with behaviour outside acceptable limits for whatever reason i.e. emotional upset in staff, to patients or colleagues, undignified behaviour, absenteeism, late attendance, conflict, grievance etc.

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.
•    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 conms, and other software packages.

Health & Safety 

•    Encourage the compliance of all your staff with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005
•    Comply and enact Health and Safety responsibilities as outlined in Hospital policies, protocols and procedures relevant to your area.
•    Prepare risk assessments and departmental safety statements as required.
•    Support the delivery of the Quality, Safety and Risk Management Programme, including the appropriate identification and management of risks and incidents throughout the hospital. 

Hygiene / Infection prevention and control  

•    Ensure that all staff are advised of their responsibility for Hygiene awareness.  Hygiene is defined as “The practice that serves to keep people and environments clean and prevent infection.”
•    Act as a role model and actively promote infection control and prevention and ensure that staff in your area familiarise themselves with the hospital infection control policies and guidelines as outlined in the Infection Control Manual.
•    Ensure that staff in your area are aware that they work in an area where there is potential for transmission of infection.
•    Ensure that all your staff are advised that they have a responsibility to prevent the transmission of infection particularly in relation to hand hygiene.

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.

Data Management

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

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.

Closing Date: 30th January 2018

Informal enquiries to Ms Yvonne Doyle, CNM III Children’s Emergency Department
Telephone: (01) 4143551, email:

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