Our Client a large Nursing home in North Co Dublin is home to almost 100 elderly residents across their Psychiatry of Later Life units. The role of the RPN/Staff Nurse, Mental Health is to provide and maintain effective, individualised nursing care by: Preparing and up-dating the nursing care plans within a nursing framework, assisting the medical staff in their treatment of patients through the co-ordination of care and treatments provided by other disciplines and integrating these into care plans, involving the patients’ relatives in teaching and supervising them in nursing techniques in preparation for discharge.
The Staff Nurse is also expected to develop clinical expertise, leadership and teaching skills through nursing practice and share responsibility with the nursing team for the management of nursing care and the patients’ environment under the direction of the CNM/ADON.
The Staff Nurse will at all times maintain a high standard of professional and ethical responsibility.
Principal Duties – Clinical
·Utilise assessment skills and techniques to determine patient needs on admission.
·Complete and document the nursing admission assessment in a thorough and accurate manner.
·Re-assess the patient’s condition on an on-going basis.
·Assess the need for patient/family instruction.
·Develop and document plans of care based on patient needs.
·Update the written plan of care based on patient needs.
·Develop patient teaching and discharge plans as necessary.
·Collaborate with other health team members in planning care.
·Provide safe, comprehensive nursing care to a caseload of patients within the guidelines specified by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland.
·Know and practice according to legal requirements policy and procedures.
·Establish care priorities based on nursing/medical patient problems.
·Perform procedures accurately, completely and safely.
·Maintain a safe environment for patients.
·Respect the dignity and confidentiality of patients, serving as an advocate where necessary.
·Function quickly and effectively in an emergency situation.
·Adapt to changing workload.
·Deal with ward incidents and accidents in accordance with unit policy. Accurately record and report details.
·Contribute to nursing quality assurance by assisting in the identification of recurring nursing problems and co-operating in data collection.
·Document according to policy and procedures.
·Report verbally and in writing pertinent patient care information to appropriate nursing/medical personnel.
·Communicate appropriately with patients/relatives and colleagues and other members of the health care team.
·Approach interpersonal relationships in a manner that avoids antagonism, reduces conflict and prevents undue anxiety.
·Recognise self-limitations and request assistance.
Eligibility Criteria – Qualifications and/ or experience
·Be registered on the Psychiatric Division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
·Be flexible in relation to work pattern.
·Have a clear, open and friendly communication style with the ability to respond quickly and appropriately across a variety of situations.
·Have excellent communication and organizational skills
·Have a clear commitment to person-centred care and strong interpersonal skills.
·Have fluent spoken and written English.
·Have completed Mental Health Act Training.
Be very familiar with the Judgement Support Framework (JSF), MHC.
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