Health & Continence Nurse (Part-Time)

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Job Title: Health and Continence Nurse – Part time 22.5 hrs week

Location: The Crann Centre, Ovens/Ballincollig, Cork

Reporting to: Health and Continence Manager

At Crann we provide a range of innovative services and supports for children, adults and families living with a neuro-physical disability. Our services are focussed on, but not limited to, people living with Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury. Our Model of Care delivers a range of services and supports for children, adults and families which blends a learning and supportive environment with a welcoming family-centred ethos.

Our purpose is to implement an evidence-based, best practice Model of Care that delivers meaningful outcomes for the children adults and families who use our services and to ensure their self-belief and confidence is supported throughout their lives.

We have ambitious plans to support children, adults and families achieve their goals of better health and wellbeing and to participate more fully in education, leisure, work and enjoy greater opportunities.

Our Model of Care delivers a range of services and supports for children, adults and families which blends a learning and supportive environment with a welcoming family-centred ethos.

Role Profile:

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced, motivated Nurse to work as part of a dedicated team in developing health and continence support programmes to increase our client’s abilities to carry out daily activities or occupations independently and with more confidence.

Key responsibilities

  • Support the Health and Continence Manager in developing and growing the continence clinic service
  • Assessing and identifying the individual needs and goals of clients who have a neuro-physical disability to maximise their level of independence in terms of continence management.
  • Work with the health and continence manager in identifying health care needs which may need to be addressed.
  • Delivering health and continence care programmes and/or interventions to support both adults and children with neuro–physical disabilities to achieve individual goals.
  • Deliver training and workshops to families, other HCP, SNA’s, school staff, employers on topics relative to individual client’s needs.
  • Liaising with other HCP involved in a person’s care to ensure continuity
  • Work as part of the Crann Client Services MDT
  • Write up reports and session notes in a professional and timely manner
  • Report to the Health and Continence manager
  • Contribute to data collection, analysis, and reporting on service outcomes.
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties within the overall purpose of the post.
  • Champion Crann’s culture of equality, diversity, dignity, and respect

Essential Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Experience working with children and adults with disabilities
  • Experience working in the area of continence, preferably neurogenic although not essential as training will be provided.
  • Experience with the management of constipation
  • Urological experience where possible esp bladder management (neurogenic experience preferable), ISC/CIC, knowledge of urological investigations
  • Experience of toilet training for children with disabilities
  • Ability to coordinate workload, coordinate clinics and review appointments: Signpost clients to other members of the team where indicated.
  • Work as part of a team
  • Able to work on own initiative, within scope of practice.
  • Refer concerns and escalate as needed.
  • Liaise with Consultants/MDT of regional and tertiary referral centres as needed to liaise with client care/referrals/feedback to referrers
  • Positive, practical can-do, solution focused approach
  • Flexible and able to handle change in response to individual and organisational needs.
  • Excellent task management and organisational skills.
  • Co-facilitate/Facilitate on SNA programmes, inhouse and online education programmes for clients of Crann (children, teens, adults, parents)
  • Awareness of child protection and adult safeguarding
  • Policy development

Key Competencies & Behaviours

  • Confident and polite manner.
  • Ability to build rapport quickly and to understand needs and expectations.
  • Positive, empathetic, patient, polite and friendly manner.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Displays the highest levels of integrity, confidentiality, and commitment.
  • Responds quickly to changing demands.
  • Demonstrates strong skills in prioritisation and time management.
  • Analyses information quickly and communicates concisely and articulately.
  • Attention to detail in all aspects of work.
  • Works well as part of a team. 

Qualifications:

  • A recognised Nursing qualification in one or more of the following – Paediatrics RNID or General
  • Candidate must be registered with NMBI and have excellent written and spoken English

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package with ongoing learning and development opportunities for collaborative work in Ireland and abroad.

If you have the experience and energy to make a real difference in this exciting role please apply with a covering letter and your CV to edaly@cranncentre.ie 

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