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Job Description Registered General Nurse Job Reference: 2017 Issue Date: January 2017 1. Qualifications, Experience & Person Specification 2. Accountability 3. Outline of Duties & Responsibilities 4. Particulars of Office 5. General Information 1. Qualifications, Experience & Specification Candidates must: • Be a registered General Nurse, registered in the General Division of the Register of Nurses kept by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland), or be entitled to be so registered. • Have managed patient care ensuring the highest professional standards using an evidence based and care planning approach. • Have an understanding of the role of a Registered General Nurse in a Hospital/Theatre setting. • Have excellent interpersonal skills and proven written and verbal communication abilities. • Have excellent leadership skills and clinical knowledge to drive continuous improvement. • Have the ability to work on own initiative, prioritise and manage a number of issues simultaneously and demonstrate attention to detail. • Be able to identify potential difficulties and formulate solutions. • Be computer literate. • Be free from any defect or disease, which would render him/her unsuitable to hold office. • Be of good character. 2. Accountability The position reports to and is accountable to the Director of Nursing or by any other authorised designated officer that the responsibility is delegated to by the Director of Nursing such as Clinic Nurse Manager in the Accident and Emergency Department or other Departments. The Registered General Nurse will embrace continuous quality improvement and development and will contribute to the management the changes necessary to achieve Dublin Dental University Hospital objectives. 3. Outline of Duties and Responsibilities The role of the Registered General Nurse includes but is not limited to: • Maintaining his/her professional registration with An Bord Altranais and ensuring copy of same is forwarded to Nursing Office upon each renewal. • Accepting responsibility for working within the Codes of Practice, Rules & Guidelines set out by An Bord Altranais & HIQA. • Working under the direction of a Clinic Nurse Manager and/or Director of Nursing, ensuring that programs of patient care are carried out to agreed standards. • Maintaining good communications with patients, relatives and other staff and students • Cooperating with the members of the dental care team in the provisional of quality patient care. • Maintain a co-operative relationship among health care teams by communicating information, responding to requests, building rapport and participating in team problem solving methods. • Participating in research and audit to ensure standards of care are maintained. • Ensuring the development of good interpersonal working relationships. • Adhering to the DDUH guidelines for the safe handling, administration, storage and custody of medicinal products • Adhere to all DDUH policies and procedures to include accurate completion of Untoward Incident Report Forms and Emergency Management of Injuries policy. • When required assist with other duties to include Medical Emergencies, Phlebotomy, Administration of Hepatitis B vaccine and Seasonal flu vaccine, drugs and medication as prescribed, pre/post operatively within scope of practice. • Assisting in the writing and reviewing of all relevant clinical and non-clinical policies, standard operational procedures and guidelines as deemed appropriate. • Ensuring the implementation of Infection, Prevention and Control standards within the clinical areas assigned as per hospital protocol and liaising with staff and students on this issue. • Participate in the induction and orientation of new staff, including temporary staff when required. • Assisting in the teaching of practical skills to students and student nurses, thus maintenance of a high standard of clinical assistance to all operators throughout the hospital. Where required this will include delivery of lectures and supervision of clinical examinations of students • Participating in the assessment of student dental nurses and helping to document clinical progress reports. • Assisting with the organization of courses as deemed part of the DDUH strategic plan • Attending in-service lectures, study days and courses and comply with Performance Management processes / policies as required • Completing orders to stores as designated by Clinic Nurse Manager. • Ensuring the economic use of all supplies, maintaining appropriate stock control measures in conjunction with Senior Dental Nurses and Clinic Nurse Managers where appropriate, advise Clinic Nurse Manager of levels and any stock requirements including requests from staff for non-stock items. • Ensure safe operation of equipment by completing preventative maintenance requirements; following manufacturer’s instructions; maintaining equipment inventories, evaluating new equipment and techniques. • Taking responsibility for identifying own educational and continued personal development needs and discussing these with Clinic Nurse Managers as part of Performance Management process. • The post holder will attend all meetings as required. The extent and speed of change in the delivery of services is such that adaptability is essential to this level of appointment. The person chosen will be required to maintain, enhance and develop their knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary to respond to changing situations. Therefore, this Job Description is an outline of the current broad areas of responsibility and accountability and should not be regarded as a comprehensive listing. It will be reviewed and updated in line with future needs. 4. Particulars of Office Duration The appointment is whole time and pensionable. Duties The Registered General Nurse will perform the duties of the post as outlined in Part 3 of this Job Description. The person appointed will be required to be flexible in this position and must be prepared to undertake such other duties as assigned to them from time to time by the Director of Nursing or any other authorised designated officer. Such duties can be outside the normal area of work. Hours of Work The person appointed will work a 39-hour week and will be contingent on the service exigencies of the DDUH. The appointee will be required to record their attendance electronically or manually as instructed. In order to comply with Section 33, of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 which limits the maximum number of hours an employee is permitted to work in a given period, all employees are obliged to notify the Hospital if they engage in any employment in addition to their post with the Dublin Dental University Hospital. Remuneration Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health and Children. Remuneration is based on the Staff Nurse salary scale. Salary is paid by Credit Transfer on the 26th of each month. Periodical increases in salary shall not take effect until the Head of Human Resources or designated officer certifies that the service of the person concerned has been satisfactory during the year immediately preceding the date of such increments. Probation The successful candidate will be required to serve a probation period of 10 months from the date of taking up employment before being confirmed in the permanent position. During this period, the candidate’s progress will be monitored and DDUH, may at its discretion, extend the probationary period, in which case the reason for the extension will be made known to the candidate. 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 (b) if not satisfactory, the probationary period may be extended or certified, with stated reasons, that the service has not been satisfactory in which case the post holder will cease to hold the post. If DDUH should fail to certify in accordance with (a) or (b) above, the appointment shall be deemed to take effect. In the event of it being determined at any stage during the candidate’s probationary period that his/her employment is unsatisfactory, then his/her employment may be terminated before the probation period expires. Medical Examination The appointment is subject to a successful medical examination and this will be arranged by the hospital. Superannuation The terms of the Local Government Superannuation Scheme or the New Single Service Pension Scheme will apply to this position. The following contributions will be payable towards your pension, lump sum, Spouses, and Children’s Scheme benefits:  1.5% Lump Sum  3.5% Pension  1.5% Spouses and Children’s Scheme Annual Leave The annual leave entitlement is 24 working days per annum. Sick Leave Granting of payment of salary during illness is discretionary and conditional on the employee complying with the conditions laid down in the sick leave policy and will be in accordance with the Dublin Dental University Hospital’s regulations. 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 1973/77. The Hospital Management hopes it will not be necessary to exercise their right under this paragraph. However, in circumstances where Management conclude that the post holder has failed to perform their duties to a standard consistent with their responsibilities, or where their conduct in relation to the post or otherwise would render them unfit to hold the post, the Management right will be exercised. Confidentiality In the course of employment, the successful candidate may have access to, or hear information concerning the medical or personal affairs of patients and/or staff, or other health services business. Such records and information are strictly confidential and, unless acting on the instruction of an authorised officer, on no account must information concerning staff, patients or other health service business be divulged or discussed except in the performance of normal duty. In addition, records must never be left in such a manner that unauthorised persons can obtain access to them and must be kept in safe custody when no longer required Data protection Computer data should only be accessed if this has been authorised and is necessary as part of work. Unauthorised access, to computers or helping others to access such data will result in disciplinary action being taken. Working Together In working together employees are expected to display a positive, helpful and caring attitude in the way they conduct themselves encouraging the confidence of patients, colleagues and others. Quality Patient satisfaction must be to the forefront of your concern. Every patient is to be treated as an individual and provided with a high quality service in terms of courtesy, kindness, interest and efficiency. General 1. The Hospital will not be responsible for the loss or theft of personal belongings. 2. Fire orders must be observed and staff must attend fire lectures periodically. 3. All accidents within any Department must be reported immediately. 4. In accordance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and subsequent 2007 Regulations all staff must comply with all safety regulations. 5. General Information Dublin Dental University Hospital will not be liable for travelling or other expenses incurred by candidates who may be required to attend for interview. Interview Panel TBC Interview Date TBC Interview Venue Administration Room, 3rd Floor. Four copies of your Application including Curriculum Vitae together with the names and address of three referees should be submitted in writing to: The Head of Human Resources Dublin Dental University Hospital Lincoln Place Dublin 2 Or via email to Applicants must include their present employer or past employer (if not currently employed) as one of their referees. The Hospital will assume permission to contact referees at any time and without further notification unless the Applicant has clearly stated otherwise. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, 10th February 2017. 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. Short Listing will take place.

Ref: RGN 17

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