Role Details

Psychiatric Staff Nurse – Adult Services

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services provides community and outpatient care through its Dean Clinics and day patient services through its Wellness & Recovery Centre. It provides inpatient care through its three approved centres: St Patrick’s University Hospital (241 beds), St Patrick's, Lucan (52 beds) and Willow Grove Adolescent Unit (14 beds).

Our vision is to see a society where all citizens are empowered and given the opportunity to live mentally healthy lives. We aspire to provide the highest quality of mental healthcare, to promote mental health and to advocate for the rights of those who experience mental health difficulties.

Here at St Patrick's Mental Health Services (SPMHS), our team works towards a society where all citizens are empowered and given the opportunity to live mentally healthy lives. If you are interested in working in an exciting, forward-looking environment and contributing to our strategic goals.


The successful applicants must:

Proven ability to establish solid working relationships within an organisation and with service users, excellent, proven clinical knowledge, post registration experience is desirable.

Job Description – General Adult

Place of Work:   

St. Patrick’s University Hospital, James’s Street, Dublin 8, Incorporating St Edmundsbury Hospital, Lucan, the Dean Clinics and other services operated by St. Patrick’s University Hospital

Main Purpose:  

To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team within the context of the designated ward. To assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care and work in collaboration with other professionals in achieving the delivery of a quality and safe service that is keeping with the Hospitals mission.

Hours of Work:

The standard working week applying to the post is based on a 75 hour fortnight on a 5 or 7 day week rotating shift basis.

Organisational Management
1.1       Governance Leadership & Direction:

  • Be aware of the managerial structure and to whom you are reporting at all times
  • Demonstrate the ability to take charge of a ward in the absence of a more senior nurse
  • Facilitate and co-operate with any inspectorates to the Hospital Report, in accordance with Hospital procedures, any activities which jeopardise patient, staff or visitor safety.
  • Undertake other duties relevant to the role as may be required from time to time and designated by your supervisor.
  • Provide leadership to students under your supervision

1.2       Prevention and Control of Infection:

  • Provide care in keeping with the Hospital infection control policy, to reduce the risks of the acquisition and transmittal of infection among patients, staff and visitors to the Hospital
  • Educate others about cross-infection and how to minimise the same
  • Use resources available to minimise cross infection
  • Liaise with the Infection Control Nurse and unit supervisor, in ensuring that all legislative requirements and Hospital policies and procedures pertaining to the control of infection are adhered to

1.3       Quality Improvement & Patient Safety:

  • Participate in quality improvement activities in order to maintain a high standard of patient care and clinical assessment
  • Implement and evaluate nursing practice in order to minimise risk

1.4       Facility Management & Safety (Health & Safety):

  • Work to provide a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors, in accordance with Hospital policy and legislation
  • Ensure equipment used in the delivery of care and facilities are safe and effective, and report defects to the appropriate department immediately
  • Support all risk management activities within the Hospital to enhance safety of patients, staff and visitors
  • Report all incidents and accidents in a timely and accurate manner so that corrective and preventative measures may be effectively instigated

1.5       Staff Qualification & Management:

  • Play an active role in the identification of the educational and training requirements of students and staff
  • Act as preceptor and mentor to student nurses as designated
  • Participate in ongoing professional development activities within the service

1.6       Management of Information:

  • Maintain patient, staff and hospital confidentiality in accordance with Hospital policies and procedures
  • Ensure all data relating to patients physical, psychological and social state is obtained, recorded appropriately and used to inform the patient care plan
  • Adhere to all hospital policies and legislative requirements concerning the management of patient medical records
  • Assess and address the information needs of patients as they are admitted and during their care
  • Convey appropriate information to each individual patient in order to facilitate them in making an informed decision surrounding their care
  • Facilitate changes in the management of information systems that are designed to enhance quality and efficiency of patient care


2.1       Access to Care & Continuity of Care:

  • Provide evidence-based care, respecting the patient’s individual, physical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural needs
  • Ensure and facilitate patients and their families involvement in the planning and decision making process surrounding patient care
  • Play an integral role in the planning and co-ordinating of patient care activities and treatment plans within the multi-disciplinary team

2.2      Patient & Family Rights:

  • Promote and protect the rights of patients at all times during their care
  • Promote and facilitate advocacy in the service
  • Promote adherence to the Charter of Patient and Family Rights and ensure that all patients have access to the same
  • Support and facilitate patient and family involvement in the decisions relating to their care of the patient when appropriate
  • Remain conversant with mental health legislation
  • Understand and protect each patient’s cultural, psychosocial and spiritual values & beliefs.

2.3      Assessment of Patients:

  • Participate in and conduct the initial and ongoing assessments and re-assessment of patient’s care in order to provide the most appropriate and safe nursing care, using Hospital approved assessment tools
  • Ensure the completion of all nursing assessments and care planning documentation that is reflective of the nursing care provided to patients.
  • Incorporate the patients physical, psychological, social circumstances, values and beliefs and health history in all assessments and be considerate of his/her personal wishes
  • Liaise with family members where appropriate to obtain relevant information on the patient’s history
  • Communicate to supervisors risks associated with the identified needs of each patient and instigate appropriate corrective action

2.4      Care of Patients:

  • Treat all patients and their families as individuals
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care in accordance with the Nursing process
  • Deliver care consistent with patients and their families expectations where possible, and in keeping with evidence-based practice
  • Provide care and treatment appropriate to the identified needs of the patient

2.5      Patient & Family Education:

  • Assess each patient’s educational needs at the point of contact within the service and during their stay in hospital
  • Deliver patient and family education in a manner that suits the individuals needs and capabilities and do so on an ongoing basis
  • Facilitate patient understanding of procedures requiring informed consent in accordance with Hospital procedures
  • Educate and assist the patient in preparation for their discharge

This Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties.  The person appointed may be required to perform other duties as appropriate which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the position.

Staff Nurse – General Adult

Qualifications and/ or experience (essential unless otherwise noted):


Candidates must have:

  • Hold current registration, or be eligible for registration with Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
  • Excellent, proven clinical knowledge
  • Experience in clinical programme & service delivery with mental health is desirable
  • Proven ability to establish solid working relationships within the organisation and with service users.


Successful candidates will benefit from a:

  • Relocation allowance of €1,995 (cover flights, registration and any visa related costs)
  • €3,000 sign-on bonus (to cover all arrival and initial costs (accommodation, food, travel and essentials expenses)


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    Contract Types
    Salary Range

    €38,247 to €46,850 per annum

    Clinical Discipline
    Job Location
    • St Patrick's University Hospital, James' Street, Dublin 8, D08 K7YW, Ireland

    • St Patrick’s Mental Health Services
    • St Patrick's University Hospital
    • (+353) 01 249 3201