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Role Profile

Role Title

Staff Nurse: Mental Health

Purpose of the Role

The delivery of mental health nursing is underpinned by the therapeutic use of self and the adoption of a holistic approach. The promotion of mental health and well being and the adoption of the principles of recovery are promoted in conjunction with service user choice. The mental health nurse will assess, plan, implement and evaluate care to the highest professional and ethical standards within the model of nursing care practiced in the relevant care setting. The mental health nurse will provide holistic, person centred care, promoting optimum independence and enhancing the quality of life for service users.


Jonathan Swift Clinic, Department of Psychiatry

Reports to

Clinical Nurse Manager II

Professionally Accountable to the Director of Nursing

Key Direct Reports

Support Staff, Student Nurses as appropriate


Staff Nurse

Salary Scale

€29,346 - €45,701 (LSI x 1)

Job Reference Number:


Enquiries To:

Ms. Mairéad Kelly, ADON Jonathan Swift Clinic,

Phone: 01-4284015, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing Date:

Sunday, 24 th March 2019

Key Duties and Responsibilities

A staff nurse is a registered nurse who is involved in direct patient care with the responsibility of providing the highest standard of evidence based nursing care in partnership with other health care professionals.

•  Their role is to promote mental health and recovery, develop therapeutic relationships with patients, and help patients cope with illness. Responsibilities include assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating highly specialised nursing care, using a holistic approach.

•  When providing direct patient care, they observe, assess, and record symptoms, responses, and progress.

•  They also supervise and assess student nurses and other junior staff in the clinical area.

•  Participate as an multi -disciplinary team member in delivering the plan of care while contributing the unique nursing perspective to enhance service user care

•  The Registered Nurse must adhere to Code of Professional Practice and Behaviours

* The above Role Profile is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. This Role Profile will be subject to review in the light of changing circumstances.

Academic/Professional Qualifications and/or relevant Experience


•  Registered Psychiatric Nurse with The Nursing Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), or eligible to register.

•  Minimum of six months experience (post graduate or undergraduate ) in mental health nursing.

*If you trained outside the EU or EEA, and English is not your first language or primary language of expression you will need to demonstrate that you completed the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test and achieved an overall score of 7.0. Please attach a copy of the IELTS test report with your completed application form.

** If you are an EU or EEA candidate where English is not your first language and if shortlisted, you must attend for interview in person, at St. James's Hospital. As part of the interview process, you must complete and pass a short written exam


 N/A

*Qualification from outside the Republic of Ireland must be validated by the Department of Health.

Technical/Clinical Competencies


•  Be able to demonstrate working knowledge of the Mental Health Act 2001, its associated rules, regulations and codes of practice.

•  Experience in teaching and assessing junior staff/ nursing students.


•  N/A

SJH Behavioural Competencies


Competency Required



The following “Descriptors” are a further clarification of the behaviours required. Candidates should use these descriptors as a “guide” when assessing their suitability for this role and also when preparing an example of where they have demonstrated this competency in the past for inclusion in the required Application Form.

Planning and Organising


•  Deals with issues in a prompt and timely manner.

•  Records work accurately and in adherence to standards and procedures.

•  Does appropriate research when encountering new situations.


Up to Level 2

 Clearly and confidently articulates ideas and opinions and their underlying rationale.



•  Draws on a variety of communication methods to fit situation / circumstances.

•  Listens openly, using questions to check for understanding / avoid misinterpretation.

Quality and Safety Service


•  Shows empathy. Is patient and customercentred at all times.

•  Is flexible / adaptable to meet unexpected demands.

Team Player


•  Is tolerant and respectful of diverse values and beliefs.

•  Is aware of how their behaviour might impact others.

•  Knows when and where to ask for help.

Competency Desirable

Level Required

Appropriate Descriptors

Continuous Development – Personal & Professional


•  Is receptive to constructive feedback; acknowledges own limitations and recognises development opportunities.

•  Learns quickly and keeps up to date with new ideas, procedures & IT systems.

Proficiency in the English language

A level of proficiency in the English language, written and spoken, is a requirement of all roles within St. James's Hospital. You will be required to self assess your proficiency level in the Standard Application Form. In addition, your proficiency in spoken English will be assessed during the interview process appropriate to the role available.


In the course of your employment you 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 instructions of an authorised officer, on no account must information concerning staff, patients or other

Particulars of Office

•  The appointment to this post will be Full Time, Permanent and Pensionable.

•  Annual Leave allowance is 24 – 27 days per annum.

•  The person appointed must not give less than one month's notice in writing, of intention to resign.

•  Normal working hours will be 39 hours per week.

•  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 between the hours of 8.00am - 8pm over seven days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement

General Conditions

1. The Hospital Board will not be responsible for the loss or theft of personal belongings. 2. Fire orders must be observed and staff must complete fire training every 2 years

•  All accidents within the department must be reported immediately.

•  In accordance with the “Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005”, all staff must comply with all safety regulations.

•  St James Hospital is a smoke free Campus. Smoking is not permitted within the Hospital Buildings or on the grounds.

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.


A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

Infection Control & Hygiene

It is the responsibility of all staff across the hospital to ensure that infection control and hygiene standards are adhered to and maintained at all times.

Recruitment Process

•  Approval to Hire (VAF process)

•  Hiring Manager – Role Profile

•  Advertising

•  Application Process (Standard Application Form)

•  Shortlisting of Candidates will be based on information provided in Standard Application Form

•  Interview Process

•  All applicants who move to the 2 nd stage of the Selection process (i.e. post interview) will be subject to Reference Checking X 2, Garda Clearance and Occupational Health Screening (Questionnaire).

•  All external successful candidates who take up appointment will be required to attend a 1 week Mandatory Induction Programme.

Application Procedure:

For External Applicants :

The Application Form is available under Staff Nurse Posts section of Careers webpage.

Alternatively, please contact the Human Resources Directorate for an application form, Phone: (01) 4162559 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note closing date Sunday 24 th March 2019 for receipt of completed application forms. C.V.s will not be accepted.

A panel may be formed from which future vacancies will be filled

St. James's Hospital is an Equal Opportunities Employer