The Role :
To provide clinical nursing skills in supporting people with an intellectual disability in achieving optimum level of independence.
To exhibit and maintain the highest quality of nursing practice and apply his / her skills to ensure the physical, social, emotional needs of the persons supported in his / her care are addressed at all times.
Be responsible for the provision of nursing care and also be an informed resource for educating the other members of the staff team and other key people in the lives of the people we support.
Reporting / Responsible To :
Team Leader / Service Co-ordinator / Area Manager
Works With :
The people supported by the services and their families and carers
Team Leader and other managers
A current Live Register Certificate with the NMBI (An Bord Altranais), RNID qualification is desirable. Candidates must have a current, Full, clean, manual Irish driving licence as this is an essential requirement for the post.
Candidates must have a level of experience sufficient to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the post together with an appreciation of the needs of persons with an intellectual disability.
Candidates must demonstrate :
Good judgement, discretion and confidentiality
The ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal forms, to communicate appropriately with the people we support and sensitively with family members.
Creative problem solving skills
The ability to work independently and seek support from interdisciplinary colleagues as appropriate.
Patience, flexibility, creativity and eagerness to become involved in a range of activities.
Ability to educate other staff and family members in positive health promotion needs
The successful candidate will be required to co-operate in a team environment with a person-centred philosophy, participate in person-centred planning, reviews, team meetings, attend and participate in training courses, and be an active member of the team.
Working Hours :
39 hours per fortnight based on a 14 day duty roster. There is flexibility with shifts that are available such as early mornings, late evenings, weekends, public holidays, night duty and sleep-ins.
The Brothers of Charity model of service is based on Personal Outcome Measures requiring employees to be flexible in their working hours to provide a quality service delivery for each individual.
Annual Leave :
24 days per annum i.e. 9.23 hours per 100 hours worked. Appropriate service related leave will be granted after 5 and 10 years service respectively.
€30,009 per annum x 11 increments - €45,119 per annum. Long Service Increment €46,501 per annum is granted after 3 years on the maximum of the scale.
The successful candidate will be granted incremental credit subject to satisfactory verification of previous relevant nursing service.
This post is permanent part-time and pensionable.
A probationary period of nine months from the date of appointment applies to the post. The employment may be terminated at any time during the probationary period should the employer find that the appointee is unsuitable to continue employment.
The probation period may be extended at the Employer’s discretion.
The Brothers of Charity model of service is based on Personal Outcome Measures requiring employees to be flexible both in their approach and their working hours to provide a quality service delivery for each individual.
Staff must have a positive attitude towards working with persons with an intellectual disability and help to ensure that they lead as normal and enjoyable a life as possible.
Staff must treat each person with an intellectual disability as an individual and at all times acknowledge and respect the rights and personal dignity of the person with an intellectual disability.
Staff are required to establish and maintain relationships with adults with disabilities that are based on respect and equality and that promote their independence.
Main duties and functions :
Take responsibility for the supply, storage, stock and administration of medications in accordance with the policy of the Service.
Take part in the education and training of staff members in responsible and safe medication management and carry out practical assessments of their competence in their area of work.
Develop a good working relationship with families and key people involved in the lives of the individuals that we support, as appropriate.
Actively pursue and ensure the delivery of a person centred service, through the delivery of Personal Outcomes. Be involved as a Key worker and assist new staff in this role.
Record and monitor outcomes and track progress.
Formulate and implement programmes designed for the needs of the individual, in co-operation with the multidisciplinary team as required.
Assist individuals with personal banking and adhering to the National Guidelines on managing individual finances.
Devise appropriate programmes of activity for the individual in line with their expressed or felt needs and desires.
Keep appropriate records relating to the individuals supported by the services, including individual person plans, medication management plans, care plans, personal outcomes assessments and reviews.
Promote community integration and maximum participation for individuals.
Induct Support and Supervise and direct the work of other staff including support workers as required.
Provide feedback and direction as required.
Also provide support for development through support and supervision meetings.
Organise staff cover as required.
Act up for the Team Leader if required.
Driving the service vehicle is an essential requirement in order to meet the needs of the people we support.
Escort persons supported on transport as required.
Be an active member of your assigned team. Take an active role and lead out Team Based Performance Management Programme in your assigned area.
Ensure that Person supported money is spent according to their wishes and all that appropriate records are kept of same in line with policy.
Awarenessof resource management is also important with the ability to achieve efficiencies in resource usage.
Co-operate on all aspects of programmes with the staff team and the multidisciplinary team.
Ensure that a good working relationship is fostered and maintained in the work place.
Facilitate reporting at Individual Plan meetings and at individual review meetings.
Co-operate with all staff in maintaining, developing and enhancing the partnership model.
Health & Safety
Be aware of and become familiar with Fire Drill procedures within the Centre, i.e. fire detection, evacuation and fire fighting.
Be conscious of Health & Safety matters in the workplace and, in particular, to comply with employees' obligations as set out under the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act, 2005.
Ensure that all accidents / incidents to persons supported, staff or visitors or equipment are reported promptly and that all staff are made fully aware of the contents of the Safety Statement for the Centre.
Record all incidents / accidents as per the AIRS system.
Ensure that a high standard of cleanliness and décor is maintained in the house’s, by carrying out household duties such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry work.
Be responsible to ensure that hygiene and infection control standards are actively enforced.
Operate within the policies and procedures of the Services at all times.
Comply with all national regulations and standards as set down by HIQA and New Directions.
Ensure confidentiality is maintained in all matters concerning the people supported by the services including the safe storage of reports and records.
The successful applicant must embrace change and take on new developments in I.T. around storage of records and inputting of data onto databases.
Promote dignity at work and show respect to the people supported by the services, colleagues and stakeholders in the course of duty.
Perform such other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned from time to time by the Team Manager / Deputy. The duties must be carried out in person at all times.
As the duties and responsibilities of any post in the Services are likely to change with the ongoing need of the persons supported, i.
e. age, level of disability, HIQA, New Directions Personal Outcome Measures etc., staff are expected to have a high level of flexibility, willingness and an ability to develop new approaches to their work as the persons supported needs demand.