Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) - KILDARE

Location Kildare
Job-type Permanent
Salary €55000 - €60000 per annum
Reference J340224
The Opportunity :- Assistant Director of Nursing - Co. Kildare


We are now inviting applications for the role of Assistant Director of Nursing for a (60 Bedded) Residential Care Home based in Co. Kildare


Position Overview:

The post of Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) is a senior clinical position which reports to the Director of Nursing. The role will be responsible for providing clinical leadership, managing the day to day clinical practices in the home, appropriate staff rostering, delegation and supervision, performance and development, clinical governance and assessment of risks. The ADON will work collaboratively with the DON and Healthcare Manager as part of the senior management team in the Nursing Home, providing clear communication and direction and deputising for the DON as required. The position reports to the Director of Nursing / Person in Charge.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Conducting ward rounds (including those with GP) to ensure that the best clinical outcomes are achieved on a continuous basis.
Reviewing nursing documentation to ensure this reflects the care and treatment required by each individual resident and that assessments and care plans are completed appropriately within agreed timeframes and reviewed as required.
Reviewing residents at increased risk of pressure sores, falls and other adverse events, and those who are clinically unwell, providing advice, support and assistance through clinical practices and documentation so as to ensure appropriate management plan is in place.
Participate in handover and help troubleshoot any ongoing clinical issues and non-clinical issues, escalating to the Director of Nursing as appropriate.
Ensuring medication practices are carried out according to An Bord Altranais guidelines and as per recommended practice in the nursing home, and liaising with GPs and pharmacy with regards to medication reviews and audit. Ensuring that all nursing staff are deemed competent in all aspects of medication management, and that their practice is safe. Ensuring that education on medication management practices is provided to all newly appointed staff as part of their induction and that they fully understand all aspects of practice related to prescribing, administration and documentation of medications, including electronic prescriptions.
Undertaking regular MAMS Medicines audits in the nursing home and ensuring effective feedback and action plans are undertaken and reviewed.

Staff Supervision & Education :

Supporting the CNMs in the nursing home and provide direction, mentorship and regular communication.
Ensuring a strong focus is placed on working alongside the CNMs, staff nurses and carers in the nursing home, maintain a visible presence in the clinical areas. Monitor practice in relation to care practices and give constructive feedback. Establish a team dynamic in the home and ensure that the team works cohesively in planning, implementing and reviewing improvements to care and practice.
Carrying out regular Performance Appraisals and education & professional development objectives with CNMs, Staff Nurses and Care Assistants. All CNM appraisals to be performed in conjunction with the DON.
Training, education, development and induction of nursing and care staff are fundamental to the role.
Assessing education needs and implementing in house training, such as infection control, palliative and end of life care, understanding challenging behaviour, elder abuse.
Participating in regular communication with staff and helping to develop a team ethos within the nursing home.
Participating in staff interviews and reviews as appropriate.
Producing the roster; in this aspect, collaboration and effective communication with DON is vital. Monitoring usage of temporary or agency staff, ensuring this is kept to a minimum. Understanding the agreed staffing levels and maintaining compliance with these.


Management and communication :-

The ADON, reporting to the DON is responsible for the day to day clinical practices in the home. This post will also be responsible for the home in the absence of the DON.
Open, honest and clear communication is required at all times when reporting to senior management, direct reports and all staff.
The ADON role is part of the senior management team in the home and as such is responsible for ensuring that the care delivered is consistently of a high quality, and that those delivering the direct care to residents are appropriately skilled, competent, caring and conscientious.
The ADON is the team leader of the staff who provide the hands-on care to our residents, and is a role model of excellent nursing care and practice, who leads by example.
The ADON will be regularly engaged in supervising staff, monitoring drug rounds, dealing with clinical issues, working with staff and obtaining crucial information on the day to day issues. By doing this the ADON can observe staff compliance with clinical standards, communication skills with residents and general working practices.


Skills and Attributes required:-

• Excellent Leadership, Organisational and Communication skills
• Ability to collaborate effectively within a senior management team
• Sound decision making ability
• Ability to motivate self and others and work on own initiative
• Ability to work well and promote a team environment
• Appreciation of finance issues
• Results driven


Benefits :

Salary (Depends on experience and the size of each care home)
Other benefits can be discussed including PRSA and annual leave
Further education sponsorship (post-grad, masters etc)
Paid training days
Uniform supplied
Annual leave : 23 Days
Death in service Cover : 2 x annual salary
Sick Pay Scheme


The Contact :

Please call Brenda on 01-5136740 or email your cv in confidence to brenda.freeney@ttmhealthcare.com


TTM Healthcare is an Equal Opportunities Employer.