Full-time

QUALIFICATIONS
Be registered in the General Division or Midwifery Division of the active Register held by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be entitled to be so registered.

  • Have 7 years post registration experience and a minimum of 5 years recent experience in Gynaecology and Women’s Health.
  • Possess a post graduate qualification at not less than level 9 on the NFQ framework (Master’s degree level or higher). The post graduate programme must be in the area which reflects the specialist field of practice (educational preparation must include a substantial clinical modular component(s) pertaining to the relevant area of specialist practice. Have substantive hours at supervised advanced practice level

OR

  • Be currently undertaking a Master’s Degree in Nursing/Midwifery (Advanced Practice Pathway) or be eligible to register to undertake additional level 9 specific modules of a Master’s Degree in Nursing/ Midwifery (Advanced Practice Pathway) within an agreed timeframe. The post-graduation programme must be in an area of Nursing or Midwifery or an area highly relevant to the area of specialist practice. Educational preparation must include a substantial clinical modular component pertaining to the relevant area of specialist practice
  • Have the competence to exercise higher levels of judgement, discretion and decision making in the clinical area above that expected of the nurse working at primary level or of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Demonstrate competencies relevant to context of practice
  • Provide evidence of continuing professional development
  • Be an Accredited Nurse Colposcopist or currently undertaking Nurse Colposcopist Accreditation or willing to undertake same within specified time frame.

Particulars of Office

(Flexible Working Hours Will be considered)

1.       The appointment of a registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) is whole-time permanent and pensionable.

The appointment of an ANP Candidate is whole-time temporary and pensionable for a two year training period.  An ANP Candidate who successfully completes all relevant modules and attains necessary qualifications will be offered a permanent ANP role at the end of the two year period, subject to satisfactory probation.

2.       Remuneration:

Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health. Current remuneration with effect from 1st April 2017

Salary to be confirmed

The Advanced Nurse Practitioner / ANP Candidate will perform such duties as are outlined in this job description.

  Hours of work:

Normal working hours are 39 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.

PURPOSE OF THE POST

The main purpose of the Candidate ANP post is that the individual will develop the clinical skills, competencies and knowledge required in order to meet the criteria to be registered as an ANP with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). This will entail undertaking a substantial clinical modular component at level 9 as part of the educational preparation for the role of ANP. The scope of the cANP role must reflect the incremental development of expertise and as such the cANP cannot deliver care as an autonomous practitioner.  Furthermore, the cANP will develop and submit their personal portfolio and all other necessary documentation to the NMBI in order to register as an ANP within a specified time frame.

GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Maintain throughout the Hospital an awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all Hospital activities.
  • Ensure that the provision of a high standard of care to the patient and families in the Women’s Health Unit is consistent with the mission, vision, values and strategic plan of the Hospital.
  • Identify and implement operational processes to the standards in line with 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.
  • Will be responsible both to the consultant in charge of the Women’s Health Unit and to the Director of Nursing through the ADON.
  • Be professionally accountable to the Director of Nursing.

Clinical Responsibilities

Autonomy in Clinical Practice

The Advanced Nurse/Midwife Practitioner will be required to:

  • Utilise review collaboratively agreed clinical decision making frameworks/ protocols /referral pathways to support nurse led delivery of care to the defined patient caseload for the entire episode of care.
  • Utilise expert knowledge and skills in all aspects of patient assessment, risk stratification and management of the patient cohort
  • Demonstrate practical and theoretical knowledge and critical thinking to a level that will be seen as exemplary amongst peers and will be recognised and acknowledged as an authority in the specialist area of nursing
  • Develop close links with all members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure that a safe quality driven evidence based service is being delivered to all patients within their caseload.
  • Demonstrate excellent skills in undertaking and documenting a complete episode of patient care in an accurate, timely and complete manner (assess, diagnose, treat and discharge)
  • Demonstrate the ability to accept accountability and responsibility for clinical decision making at advanced practice level by managing a caseload under clinical supervision
  • Demonstrate expert clinical skills in the diagnosis and treatment of patients within a collaboratively agreed scope of practice framework alongside other healthcare professionals
  • Demonstrate the ability to use professional judgement, clinical reasoning and decision making processes to refer patients/clients to other health care professionals as required
  • Participate in the future development of integrated care pathways where appropriate, utilising evidence-based practice guidelines
  • Maintain clinical competence through engagement in education,  clinical supervision and peer review on an ongoing basis

Expert Practitioner

The Advanced Nurse Practitioner will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Articulate and rationalise the concept of advanced nursing/ practice within the framework of relevant laws, rules and guidelines that govern nursing/midwifery practice including, but not exclusively, The Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework (An Bord Altranais, 2000), The Code of Professional Conduct (An Bord Altranais, 2000) Guidelines for Midwives (An Bord Altranais 2000), The Nurses Act (Government of Ireland  2011)
  • Be identified in the clinical setting as an autonomous practitioner and role model demonstrating an expert level of professional competency in the area of women’s preventative health
  • Improve practice through exploring practice issues with team members, development of practice protocols and research and audit initiatives.
  • Function in a variety of roles including clinical and consultative, clinical practice development, teacher, coach, manager and researcher,
  • Utilise advanced practical and theoretical knowledge and critical thinking and decision making skills to manage a patient/client caseload including comprehensive patient assessments which will involve:
  • A focussed history of presenting illness
  • Additional health history and risk stratification according to the specialist field
  • Advanced physical examination
  • Ordering, undertaking and  interpreting tests as per agreed scope of practice
  • Planning and managing care with an holistic focus, encouraging the patient  and family to be involved in care
  • Identify health promotion priorities and opportunities  in the area of clinical practice
  • Deliver person centred care and advocate a health promotion and quality of life ethos
  • Evaluate care given through patient engagement surveys, major incident follow up, audits of compliance with relevant policies, procedures protocols and guidelines
  • Implement health promotion strategies for patient/client group in accordance with the public health agenda
  • Implement patient safety strategies in line with organisation and national patient safety agenda
  • To assess service demand and capacity and plan accordingly.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

2. Education and Professional Responsibilities

  • Act as a resource and support to nursing staff caring for patients attending the department.
  • Participate in the educational provision of information for women and their partners/families so that they are empowered to manage their condition and seek appropriate help and advice.
  • Undertake continuing professional development through formal and informal educational opportunities thus ensuring continued credibility amongst nursing, medical and other professionals.
  • Participate in relevant committees at an organisational level and also at a national level when possible.
  • Participate in the education of undergraduate and postgraduate nursing and medical students.
  • Engage in performance review processes including personal development planning as appropriate with the nursing line manager.
  • Participate in the implementation and review of clinic protocols and patient leaflets
  • Ensure a high standard of care is delivered safely in accordance with the    Hospital policies and procedures.
  • Actively participate in the Advanced Nurse Practitioner training programme and development of the role.
  • Educate all nursing and allied staff in the Department including orientation of new staff on the role of the Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
  • Maintain high level of interest in advances and clinical management of Women’s Preventative Health through attendance at general and specific Advanced Nurse Practitioner study days and professional development sessions, relevant to the subject of advanced nursing practice.
  • Promotes self-care and awareness through patient education, communicates  with relatives and friends of patients in order that they have a better understanding of their condition.
  • Monitors, evaluates and audits care given and participates in research related to     the development of the Advanced Nurse Practitioner role.
  • Participates in quality initiatives to improve patient care and satisfaction. Identify and undertake research within the Department, which promotes  improvement in women’s health
  • Maintains the performance of the departments with specific focus on achieving agreed KPI targets and address deficits as identified

w.amnch.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, 

Closing Date: Tuesday 23rd January 2018.

Informal enquiries to Ms Bernadette Corrigan, Assistant Director of Nursing telephone (01) 414 2000 Bleep 27061 or email Bernadettecorrigan@amnch.ie