Director of
Nursing – Kerry

  • Full Time
  • Kerry
Director of Nursing – Kerry Full Time – Kerry

Kate Cowhig International Healthcare Recruitment are seeking a Director of Nursing for a 35 bedded nursing home in Kerry. 

Essential Criteria

  • Have not less than 3 years’ experience of nursing older persons within the previous 6 years.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years’ experience at a senior level in a comparable organisation.
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of regulatory requirements and regulatory inspection activity as they pertain to residential care centres.
  • Hold a third level qualification in management or the management of a residential care centre.
  • Have the ability to manage one’s own workload effectively while responding flexibly to new demands at short notice.
  • Demonstrate an ability to embrace change and be committed to continuous improvement and learning throughout the residential care home.
  • Have the skill to influence others, build constructive relationships and achieve outcomes.
  • Promote an ethos and culture of quality assurance within the clinical area, identifying and establishing benchmarks and KPIs in consultation with the Director of Care, Quality and Standards.
  • Be a Registered General Nurse.
  • Be available to work flexible hours when required.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Effectively manage the Residential care centre on a day to day basis and provide leadership for staff and residents.
  • Have a full and thorough knowledge of the residents’ clinical, medical and social needs and ensure that the nursing care provided is of the highest standard and supports best practice at all times.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of staff members and their skills and attributes.
  • Ensure compliance with the relevant statutory regulations and standards applicable to the Aperee Residential care centre.
  • Communicate openly and clearly with the Provider, staff and colleagues in other Aperee Homes to ensure that the Home operates efficiently and effectively and that the correct resources are provided at all times.
  • Maximise bed occupancy through the effective management of resources.


Main Duties 



  • Act as Director of Nursing for Aperee providing advice, support and direction in all clinical related matters.
  • Provide nursing leadership for audit/development activities within Aperee.
  • Ensure the maintenance of accurate resident and staff records in association with the Head of HR observing legal requirements and codes of good practice.
  • Maintain effective communication with the Provider and across all departments through
  • Regular Management and staff meetings
  • Acquire, maintain and apply knowledge of social, regulatory, political and economic factors that relate to Residential Care services.
  • Ensure compliance with all policies, procedures and legislation pertaining to the management of Aperee.
  • Maintain constant control of all aspects of resident care offering advice and support across all areas of resident activity.
  • Articulate Aperee’s mission statement/philosophy of care and represent Aperee in the community as required.
  • Participate in the development of policies and standards for Aperee.  Review and approve policies as required.
  • Participate in working groups examining areas of potential development for Aperee including specialising in specific conditions.
  • Attend and/or chair or co-chair meetings as deemed appropriate by the Director of Care, Quality and Standards or Provider.
  • Manage the budget for the Centre ensuring maximum value for money through managing all resources effectively & efficiently.
  • Facilitate co-ordination, co-operation & liaison across multidisciplinary teams and programmes
  • Promote community liaison.
  • Represent Aperee at external meetings, conferences and functions as required.


  • Supervise, in association with senior staff, the care of all residents in the Aperee Home.
  • Maintain comprehensive care planning documentation, medication management and other records according to HIQA standards and legislation
  • Ensure the implementation of quality resident care through regular review of policies and continuous monitoring of clinical practice in line with HIQA care standards/legislation and Aperee’s operational policies.
  • Organise and coordinate GP services, and the services of other allied services /professionals as they related to residential care.
  • Provide nursing leadership for audit and/or development activities within Aperee.
  • Provide expert clinical advice, and guidance and direction, in all areas related to the health and well-being of residents
  • Develop guidelines in accordance with evidence based practice as identified.
  • Ensure that residents are protected from Elder Abuse and to report any reported or suspected instances of Elder Abuse without delay to the Provider and the Director of Care, Quality and Standards.
  • Ensure that all resident records and care plans are maintained and implemented in accordance with the requirements of regulations
  • Liaise with other medical professionals in an organised fashion


  • Collect appropriate data regarding resident care, audit results and implement appropriate improvement strategies.
  • Monitor and review KPIs in association with the Provider, Senior Management Team, ADONs and CNMs identifying trends and taking remedial or preventative action as necessary
  • Undertake regular audits in all clinical areas



  • Participate with the Head of HR, in the development and delivery of education programmes.
  • Deliver in-service training as required
  • Ensure that the minimum mandatory training requirements for all staff are met and updated on an ongoing basis.
  • Maintain own skills and knowledge and attend any training courses required to further knowledge & skills as deemed necessary by the Director of Care, Quality and Standards.


  • Ensure, in conjunction with the Head of HR, the provision of effective recruitment and retention programmes to maintain a high calibre of staff in Aperee and remain in line with budget requirements.
  • Ensure adequate staffing and appropriate skills mix within the Residential care home.
  • Participate in the recruitment and training of all staff in accordance with Aperee guidelines and requirements.
  • Check roster weekly to ensure an appropriate skills mix.
  • Evaluate, in conjunction with Senior staff, job performance
  • Deliver coaching and disciplinary sanctions as appropriate
  • Facilitate team building and staff motivation.
  • Ensure that the highest possible standard of personal hygiene, appearance, body language and conduct of employees is maintained by all employees on duty including ensuring that proper uniform standards are maintained.
  • Ensure the agreed disciplinary and grievance procedure is adhered to at all times
  • Ensure that all employee coaching/counselling is documented and passed to HR.


 Health and safety

  • Participate in the surveillance and promotion of the health, well-being and safety of residents and employees
  • Help maintain a safe environment for staff, residents and visitors, through awareness of health and safety policies and by attending training as required.
  • Ensure all accident and incidents are reported to the relevant people and to assist in providing all relevant information.
  • Report defective materials and equipment to the Provider.
  • Be fully aware of the fire and emergency procedures within the Aperee Home and comply with standards
  • Comply with all health, safety and welfare statutory requirements

How to Apply:

For further information, please email your CV to collette.oneill@kcr.ie or call us in confidence on (Ireland) 087 8038401


REF No: JO-2008-453004_3

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