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Director of Nursing

ECS Recruitment
September 4, 2023
Kildare, Ireland
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ECS RECRUITMENT is currently recruiting a Director of Nursing for our client based in Kildare, Co Kildare.

JOB PURPOSE: The Director of Nursing will be responsible for the nursing services and all nursing and allied staff in the Nursing Home of Care for the Elderly.


  • To manage the development of the overall service plan and review the service against the plans.
  • Support in the overall financial planning of the service including the assessment of priorities in pay and non-pay expenditure.
  • To assist with the direction and supervision of the nursing service to provide a high level of resident care and management.
  • To provide innovative and effective leadership, support, and advice to nursing and allied staff at all levels.
  • To provide guidance to all staff in the implementation of Centre policies.
  • To plan and guide daily activities to provide optimum resident care in accordance with NMBI Guidelines, Best Practice Documents for Nursing Care of Older People in Residential Care Settings, and Procedures.
  • Ensure nursing staff adheres to standards and guidelines relating to professional nursing practice and behaviour.
  • The involvement in discussions on the provision of services, e.g., catering, cleaning, and laundry services.
  • Act as an ambassador for the Elderly and professional representative the organisation at all times.
  • To undertake other relevant duties as may be determined from time to time by the C.E.O. or other designated officer.
  • Deputising for the CEO as required.


  • To ensure that opportunities exist for the development of caregiving and care-management and that the care given is appropriate, reflects current research and best practice and is cost effective and resident centred.
  • To participate at meetings with the appropriate team, management and other senior management personnel as required.
  • To encourage and advise on any caregiving, care-management, nursing, and associated research projects, and participate as required.
  • To ensure that effective safety procedures are in place to comply with the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act.
  • To assist in the development of Centre policies and procedures, the implementation of same, and to update them as required.
  • Ensure all Staff Nurses follow established policies relating to patient care and update policies as appropriate (i.e., Medication Administration, Care Plan Policy, Infection Control Policies).
  • The development of quality initiatives including clinical audit, standard setting, investigation of complaints and untoward incidents.
  • Ensure clinical knowledge is up to date with current practice trends and research to ensure staff are providing the highest standard of evidence-based nursing care.
  • Continue to develop management skills to promote best practice amongst all employees.


  • To assist in the recruitment of staff.
  • To participate in in-service training, orientation programmes and appraisals of all nursing and care staff. Also, to participate in nurse and care assistant training programmes and any other programmes pertaining to future development in the Centre.
  • To maintain good employee relations and promote good communication with all relevant staff, areas, and departments.
  • To give support and counsel to nursing, care, and allied staff as necessary and take action in accordance with agreed Centre policy, if necessary.
  • Foster an environment which enhances the retention of staff.


  • Be of good character.
  • Current N.M.B.I. Registration.
  • Have minimum six years’ experience as a nurse; at least three of the previous six years must be in care of the elderly.
  • Have an interest in care of the older person.
  • Management experience.
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