Dublin Simon Community: Staff Nurse Treatment Services

Dublin Simon Community

About the job

The purpose of the role is to provide a nursing service for Homeless clients who are admitted to the Dublin Simon Residential Health and Addiction Treatment Services. The role includes assessment of the health needs of clients which addresses their physical, social, psychological, mental health, addiction, cultural, and health needs. The nurse is responsible for ensuring the safety and well being of clients throughout their stay. This is done in conjunction with the visiting GP’s and members of the Residential teams.

Location: Dublin City
Working Hours: Monday to Sunday, 3 shifts / week – 37.5 hours


  • To effectively liaise with a range of service providers both voluntary and statutory in order to assist in the assessment of referrals to the unit.
  • To complete all administrative tasks such as report writing, maintenance of accurate nursing and medical records, up to date client case notes, relevant form filling in order to ensure that the unit runs smoothly, safely and effectively.
  • To facilitate groups through an effective health education and promotion programme in order to ensure that clients receive relevant information for making informed decisions.
  • To liaise with the visiting G.P. in relation to admissions, prescribing of medications and in addressing the health needs of all clients in the service.

Specific Nursing Competencies Required for Post

Professional/ Ethical Practice

  • Has extensive knowledge of ethical principles and code of professional conduct articulated in the ABA “Code of Professional Conduct” document
  • Determines own scope of practice and formulates decisions about care utilising the principles for determining scope of practice in the Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework document
  • Responds appropriately to instances of unsafe or unprofessional practice
  • Serves as an advocate for the rights of clients
  • Ensures confidentiality in respect of records and interactions
  • Practices in a way that acknowledges the differences in beliefs and cultural practices of clients/colleagues
  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for consequences of own actions or omissions
  • Recognises own abilities and level of professional competency.

Holistic Approach to care and integration of knowledge

  • Uses the Roper Logan Tierney Model of Nursing Model of Nursing to assess on admission, set goals, plan interventions, carry out care and evaluate progress towards achievement of goals.
  • Utilises knowledge of the issues relating to homeless clients and or addiction when carrying out the admission assessment
  • Is aware of the principles of medication management and the storage/checking procedures for usage of MDA’s.
  • Effectively utilises tools to monitor alcohol withdrawal.
  • Experience of using a Model of Nursing
  • Knowledge of the homeless sector and the effects that being homeless has on clients health and well being
  • Has experience of facilitating groups.

Organisation and management of care

Effectively manages the nursing care of clients as follows:

  • Works with all team members to ensure that client care is appropriate, effective and consistent.
  • Has ability to manage challenging behaviour
  • Is aware of procedure to be followed in emergency situations relating to clients/staff/visitors
  • Understands the principles of clinical risk management and can identify potential hazards.
  • Has an understanding of infection prevention and control procedures
  • Understands health and safety requirements related to the role.
  • Knows the requirements of the Data Protection Acts in relation to responsibilities in the work place
  • Has experience of developing policies and guidelines using evidence based practice
  • Has an understanding of change management strategies
  • Has evidence of involvement in a change management project
  • Has evidence of experience in developing policies procedures and guidelines

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Establishes and maintains caring therapeutic interpersonal relationships with clients and relevant others
  • Demonstrates ability to work as a team member
  • Collaborates with all members of the health care team when making decisions regarding clients
  • Communicates effectively with external agencies
  • Has an understanding of how to manage interpersonal conflict and how unresolved issues can impact on service

Personal and Professional Development

  • Provides evidence of on going professional development
  • Contributes to the learning experiences of colleagues through support, teaching and sharing of knowledge.
  • Educates clients to maintain and promote health.

Essential for this role

  • RPN or RGN On the live register maintained by An Bord Altranais for the relevant qualification/s.
  • Minimum of 5 years post registration experience in the last 8 years.
  • Understanding of why people become homeless and their needs.
  • Understanding of mental health, drugs, alcohol and how they affect the client.
  • Knowledge of medical needs of clients who are homeless
  • Knowledge of relevant government policies relating to homelessness, health and addiction issues.
  • Basic Computer skills

Desirable for this role

  • Diploma or degree in addiction studies.
  • Experience of working with clients who are homeless and or experience of working with clients with a history of addiction.

Core Competencies of all Dublin Simon Staff:

  • Commitment to providing the highest levels of quality service
  • Relating with respect and compassion
  • Prompting diversity and equality
  • Providing quality person-centered service
  • Communicating effectively
  • Resilience, positive outlook openness to change
  • Maintaining a safe and secure environment
  • Promoting health and wellbeing
  • Promoting person-centered care
  • Building working relationships
  • Effective professional practice, planning, organising, and problem-solving.

Benefits to working with Dublin Simon Community:

  • 25 days annual leave
  • 5% matched contribution to your pension
  • Paid Sick Leave Policy
  • Paid Maternity Leave Policy
  • Bike to Work Scheme
  • Commuter Travel Tax Savers Ticket
  • 1st-week Comprehensive Training
  • Progression Opportunities

Please note, if you are unsure of any of the requirements, contact the Recruitment Team on (01) 6354860

Apply for the position

Application due date: 23/01/2022
For queries relating to this position please telephone (01) 635 4860

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
13th Jan, 2022
Dublin City
Expiry Date
23rd Jan, 2022