Nursing Service

Contact Names/Numbers/Email Addresses


Phone01 414 2000
Address: Tallaght University Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 D24 NR0A. Ireland.

Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP)

ANPs use advanced critical nursing knowledge and critical thinking skills to independently provide optimum patient care through caseload management of acute and chronic illness. They are expert in clinical practice and educated to masters level or above. We currently have 10 such posts in place and are keen to grow these numbers as they are an essential part of our strategy in developing nursing supports for our patients and the healthcare journey they take with us.
Carmel Blake, ANP Dermatology
Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Dermatology
Carmel Blake (RANP, RNP, RGN, RSCN)
Carmel works autonomously in collaboration with the dermatology team to deliver quality patient centred care, with the aim of improving the healthcare experience and outcomes for patients attending with dermatology problems

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Epilepsy
Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Epilepsy
Denise Cunningham, RANP, RNP, RGN
Denise works for the National Clinical Care programme in Epilepsy . She works in both Tallaght University Hospital and St James's Hospital. Denise also provides an Epilepsy Outreach clinic in Cheeverstown House for adults who have Epilepsy and an Intellectual Disability.
Shirley Ingram and
Advanced Nurse Practitioners in Cardiology
Shirley Ingram RGN, NFECS, MSc RNP
Niamh Kelly, RNG, MSc
Shirley & Niamh provide an advanced nurse led chest pain assessment service to patients who present to Tallaght University Hospital Emergency Department with chest pain.  They work autonomously in collaboration with two clinical nurse specialists', and the Emergency & Cardiology Department Teams to deliver quality patient-centred care.
Christian Micallef (RANP, RNP, RGN
Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Childrens Emergency Department
Christian Micallef RANP, RNP, RGN
Christian is originally from Malta, and has been living and working in Ireland since 2009. He currently works in The Paediatric Emergency Department (ED) of The National Children's Hospital at Tallaght University Hospital. Christian works autonomously in collaboration with the Emergency Department Team to deliver quality patient-centred care with the aim of improving the healthcare experience and outcomes for children and families attending the Children’s ED in Tallaght University Hospital.
Sinead Cleary
Candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health
Sinéad Cleary, cANP, RNP, RM, RGN
Sinéad works in the Women’s Preventative Health Unit at Tallaght University Hospital in collaboration with the Gynae team to deliver quality women centred care, the aim of which is to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer.
Gerontology ANPc
Candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Women's Health
Joshi Dookhy ANPc, RGN, MSc
Claire Noonan ANPc, RGN, NP, MSc
Helen Hobson ANPc  RGN, MSc
Joshi, Claire and Helen work in collaboration with the Age Related Health Care Team and the multi-disciplinary team to deliver quality person-centred care with the aim of improving the healthcare experience and outcomes for older people in the acute and community setting.
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Advanced Nurse Practitioners in Children’s Emergency Department
Christian Micallef RANP, RNP, RGN
Laura Mackey ANPc, RCN, RGN
Christian is originally from Malta, and has been living and working in Ireland since 2009.
Laura joined our team in Tallaght University Hospital as an ANP Candidate.
They currently work in The Paediatric Emergency Department (PED) of The National Children's Hospital at Tallaght University Hospital. Christian and Laura work autonomously in collaboration with the Emergency Department Team to deliver quality patient-centred care with the aim of improving the healthcare experience and outcomes for children and families attending the Children’s ED in Tallaght University Hospital.

Description of Department/Service

The Nursing Service provided at the Tallaght University Hospital aims to create, maintain and continuously develop a centre of excellence for Nursing in the Hospital. It promotes, protects and improves health by providing a caring and holistic approach based on knowledge and skills in partnership with patients and their families and other healthcare professionals.

Professionally, nursing functions interdependently with other health care providers, all of whom share the goals of prevention of disease and disability, care of the ill, promotion and maintenance of optional health of individuals and groups and the achievement of a dignified death.

An integrated structure is provided which is conducive to the provision of high quality nursing care as well as the opportunity for the professional growth and development of each individual nurse. This is achieved through the effective use of resources and equity access to, and participation in, education and research programmes. In addition there is a continued development of our nursing roles and services.

Concurrently demands on the nursing service have continued to increase and other demands such as the Health Strategy, increases in our population and a rapidly changing healthcare service have prompted the need for a more diverse service delivery. With increased demands nursing at Tallaght University Hospital have responded by diversifying to meet the challenges of these demands and the needs of our patients. We recognised that we need to continue to respond to these opportunities and challenges.

History of the Tallaght University Hospital Nursing Service
Tallaght Hospital opened on Sunday June 21st 1998 following an amalgamation of the Adelaide and Meath hospitals and incorporating the National Children’s Hospital. The nursing services philosophy is to provide a nursing service which will meet the individual healthcare needs of patients and deliver the highest quality of patient care in order to improve both clinical outcomes and quality of life. Read more…

Education & Professional Development
The further education and professional development of our nursing staff is very important to the Tallaght University Hospital nursing service and is encouraged and supported.  We are a teaching hospital linked to TCD providing a clinical learning environment for nurses and have developed links with the Institute of Technology Tallaght. We have a Centre for Learning and Development (CLD). Read more…

Future
All in all the Tallaght University Hospital Nursing service continues to be at the forefront of nursing development in the 21st Century.

As we go forward we will continue to strive to create, maintain and continuously develop a centre of excellence for Nursing in the hospital. In addition we will continue to facilitate and provide a clinical learning environment for nurses and students in order to support the attainment of knowledge and skills and in turn provide an evidence based quality nursing service to our patients.

As evident from the history of our nursing service, from 1859 to the present day, we are born out of a tradition of nursing excellence in the delivery of nursing care which keeps the patient at the centre of all of our endeavours. We will, in the future, in all of our endeavours, developments and activities continue with this tradition.

Annual Nursing Conference
The Nursing Service provided at Tallaght University Hospital aims to create, maintain and continuously develop a centre of excellence for Nursing in the hospital. It promotes, protects and improves health by providing a caring and holistic approach based on knowledge and skills in partnership with patients and their families and other healthcare professionals.

Education & Research

Education

The further education of our nursing staff is very important to the Tallaght University Hospital nursing service and is encouraged and supported. We are a teaching hospital linked to TCD providing a clinical learning environment for nurses and have developed links with the Institute of Technology Tallaght.


Research

The Tallaght University Hospital Nursing Service continues to be at the forefront of nursing development in the 21st Century. As we go forward we continue to strive to create, maintain and continuously develop a centre of excellence for Nursing in the hospital. As a result we are involved in and support research activities.

Clinical Adaptation & Assessment

National Nursing Home Programme for Candidate Nurse Clinical Adaptation & Assessment

Practicing as a Nurse in Ireland
In order to practice as a Nurse in Ireland you must be registered with the Nursing Board of Ireland (NMBI). Nurses who have trained outside of the EU & EEA or trained before the training country acceded to the EU may be required to complete a Clinical Adaptation & Assessment or an Aptitude test. This decision is made by the NMBI.  Further information about application to NMBI for overseas nurses is available through this link

Clinical Adaptation & Assessment
Clinical Adaption & Assessment has to be undertaken in a hospital approved by the NMBI. As Nursing Homes cannot provide Clinical Adaptation & Assessment programmes Tallaght University Hospital co-ordinates a Clinical Adaptation Programme for these nurses. This is done in collaboration with the Nursing & Midwifery Practice Development Unit (NMPDU) of the Health Service Executive (HSE) and uses a hub & spoke model. The Nurse Adaptation Department in Tallaght University Hospital administers the programme and provides an induction programme. They also liaise with and support the Hospitals where clinical placement is undertaken.

How can nurses apply for a Clinical Adaptation placement on the Nursing Home Programme?
When you have received your decision letter from NMBI you can start the process. You apply to a nursing home for a position as a Registered Nurse informing them you have a decision letter from NMBI and need to be assessed for registration. If you are successful in gaining a contract with the Nursing Home they then sponsor you to undertake adaptation and assessment. The Nursing Home pay you while you undertake the programme and pay the course fee €1,000 (2017).

Your employer must then apply to candidatenurse.adaptation@tuh.ie to request a place on the programme. The email should include the name of the Nursing Home and the employers full contact details. They MUST attach a scanned copy of your ‘Decision Letter’ which is valid for 12 months from its date of issue. If your decision letter is close to expiry you should contact us to discuss this. They should also identify your clinical site preference.

Your employer will then be sent the necessary letter for you to apply to the NMBI for a Candidate Registration Certificate and if required an Atypical Work Permit (AWP). They will also receive step by step instructions regarding the entry criteria for the programme. You are required to have current Basic Life Support and Manual Handling certificates, an occupational health pre-employment assessment that has been undertaken in Ireland and appropriate entry and work visas. Full information regarding these requirements are in the employer’s information pack.

The programme framework
The programme takes a minimum of seven weeks, this can be extended to a total of 12 weeks if required. It comprises of one week orientation and induction followed by a minimum of six weeks clinical placement within an acute, general inpatient, setting. Clinical Placements are listed below.

The programme aims to provide overseas nurses with a comprehensive orientation and induction followed by assessment of competence in a supportive clinical environment.

Programme Content and Course Material
The induction aims to provide an insight into Nursing and Living in Ireland. It covers three broad categories of information to help you adapt to the science and culture of nursing in Ireland; Professional & Ethical Behaviours, Core clinical skills and Social & Cultural Knowledge.

A blended learning approach is used. Candidates attending classes and undertake E learning modules. Areas covered on the induction are:

Professional

  • Nurses Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics
  • Trust in Care
  • Dignity at work
  • Health Care in Ireland
  • Policies

Clinical

  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Respiratory Care
  • End of Life Care
  • Continence Management
  • Pain Management in the Elderly
  • Tissue Viability
  • Early Warning Score
  • Speech and Language
  • Sepsis
  • Falls
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Medication Safety
  • Diabetes Management
  • Stroke Overview
  • Transfusion Safety

Social Cultural

  • Geography
  • History
  • Location
  • Language, dialect and colloquialisms
  • Travel
  • Sport
  • Entertainment, Museums & Galleries
  • Economy
  • Food

Clinical Placement
When possible you will be allocated to the clinical site that is most convenient for you. There will be a clinical facilitator to guide and support you, the clinical nurse manager (CNM) and your preceptor through the adaptation and assessment process. You will be orientated to the hospital and its procedures. Preceptors will be allocated to support and assess you using the NMBI Competence Assessment tool. You will be expected to progress from a position of high direction-high support to low direction-low support. By the time of your final assessment you will be expected to demonstrate that you can manage and deliver the care to a specific group of patients. You will be working in a supernumerary capacity and will be supervised at all times by a registered nurse.

Dates for 2017/2018
Monday October 2nd 2017
Monday April 9th 2018
Monday June 11th 2018

Clinical placement Sites

Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Eccles St, Dublin.

Saolta Hospital Group: The Clinical Facilitator for Saolta is based in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe. Therefore this is used as the primary site for adaptation. However use of the other hospitals in the group will be considered.

The Hospitals in the group are: Portiuncula University Hospital, Galway University Hospitals (includes Merlin Park Hospital) Letterkenny University Hospital, Sligo University Hospital, Mayo University Hospital, Roscommon University Hospital,

For further information

 Ph  01 414 2094 or 01 414 2000 Email  candidatenurse.adaptation@tuh.ie for all adaptation related enquiries

Assistant Director of Nursing5 (ADON): Carrie McLean E. Carolyn.McLean@tuh.ie

Administrative Assistant: David McCabe E. David.McCabe@tuh.ie

Publications

The Nursing Portfolio at the Hospital delivers and provides a caring holistic nursing service based on knowledge and skills in partnership with other healthcare professionals, patients and their families.

The nursing service in Tallaght responds to service demands while retaining the highest possible standard of care for our patients.

In line with this the nursing service is involved in numerous activities, including research, which produces publications.


Workforce Planning Reports

Tallaght University Hospital & Beaumont Nurse Service Workforce Planning Project 2006/2007

As workforce planning is a key part of the Health Service Reforms Programme the report details a project undertaken by the Nursing Services of Tallaght University Hospital and Beaumont Hospital Dublin in relation to workforce planning in 2006/2007. 

The report emanates from significant discussions and debates regarding the appropriate development and utilisation of the heath care staff in order to deliver the best standard of care for the patients within their services. A review of the literature on work force planning was conducted. Measurement of four specific components of care provision were recorded; patient dependency, activity analysis, quality of service delivery and current staffing complements during a one month period in 2006.

Workforce Planning Report 2007


Additional Publications

Celebrating 400 Years of Nursing Care

2009 was a significant year for the nursing portfolio in Tallaght University Hospital as they were in the unique position of celebrating 400 years of nursing care across their three base hospitals (Adelaide, Meath & National Children’s Hospital). It is considered that the nursing service and in turn the delivery of nursing care within the three base hospitals commenced with the concept that nurses who care for patients need to be appropriately trained and with the inception of training for nurses. Therefore although the Adelaide hospital was opened in 1839, the Meath in 1753 and the National Children’s Hospital in 1821 their nursing services were considered to have commenced in: Adelaide hospital in 1859, Meath Hospital in 1884, National Children’s Hospital in 1884.

The Nursing 400 celebrations aimed to acknowledge the contributions of all their nurses, both past and present who have provided quality care to many thousands of people over the years.  Four days of celebrations were held from Monday 25th May to Thursday 28th May 2009. The themes for the celebrations were: The Past, The Present and the Future of Nursing in AMNCH. A commemorative booklet “Nursing 400: Celebrating 400 Years of Nursing Care” was available for attendees and a special addition of the Tallaght Hospital newsletter ‘Le Chéile’ with many highlights of the four day celebration was produced in July 2009.