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Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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€27k > 42 
Staff Nurse
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€27 - 42 
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
HSE.ie

Last Updated: April, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

Despite limited employment opportunities in the public healthcare sector, skill shortages persist for a limited number of occupations including:

Specialist nurses (confined to Older people care; Cardio care; Intensive and Critical care; Oncology; and Theatre nursing) and Midwives

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Occupational Category

Nurses & Midwives

Also included in this category:

Practice nurses; psychiatric nurses; staff nurses; nurse (clinical specialists); nurse-tutors; midwives; matrons (medical services)

Number Employed:

56,800

Part time workers: 22%
Aged over 55: 16%
Male / Female: 7 / 93%
Non-Nationals: 13%
With Third Level: 97%
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At a Glance... header image

Works in a hospital or clinic caring for patients and assisting doctors and surgeons with their treatment.


Videos & Interviews header image

1Total Records: 4

Siobhan Canny
Midwife  
Siobhan Canny is a Midwife working in Galway Regional Hospital. After her Leaving Certificate she completed a Certificate in Nursing, a Higher Diploma in Midwifery, and a BA in Midwifery. Her commitment to the profession is thorough, and she continues to upskill within the area.
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Ejiro O'Hare Stratton
Clinical Nurse Manager 2  

Ejiro O'Hare Stratton is a Clinical Nurse Manager 2 with the HSE working in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda with a supervisory role for Care Assistants. She holds a Certificate in Nursing Studies and has also received a Diploma in Management & Industrial Relations and a BA in Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations.

 

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Deirdre Lavelle
Care Assistant  
Deirdre Lavelle works as a Care Assistant in St Michael's House. Having worked for a number of years as a Special Needs Assistant she applied for a job in St Michael's House. She has completed a foundation course on Skills in Counselling from NUI Maynooth. She is currently studying for a B.A. in Social Studies (Disability) with the Open Training College.
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Liam Dowling
Clinical Nurse Manager 2  
Liam is a qualified Nurse (CNM2) in the area of Intellectual Disability. He chose to change his career path from that of a qualified Butcher to Intellectual Disability Nursing in his early twenties, and completed a Degree programme. He now works in St Michael's house with people that have severe and  profound intellectual disabilities.
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The Work header image

Nurses care for people's emotional, psychological and physical needs. They aim to promote the health of the individual and population.  
 
Although some nurses may spend a large amount of time working on their own in direct contact with patients, all nurses are part of a wider health care team. This includes other nurses, health care assistants, doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, social workers and many others. Nurses are responsible for planning and implementing the complete nursing care of their patients.  
 
Whatever the setting or the problem, nurses assess nursing needs and draw up care plans. They observe the effectiveness of care and modify the care plan accordingly. They administer medicine and injections and carry out routine procedures.  
 
Nurses of any discipline may work in hospitals, community based health centres or in patients' homes. Some may concentrate on health promotion work. For instance, they might help patients to regain or retain their independence, which allows them to continue living at home.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Prescribe medication dosages, routes, and frequencies based on patient characteristics such as age and gender.

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Order, perform, or interpret the results of diagnostic tests, such as complete blood counts (CBCs), electrocardiograms (EKGs), and radiographs (x-rays).

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Analyze and interpret patients' histories, symptoms, physical findings, or diagnostic information to develop appropriate diagnoses.

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Develop treatment plans based on scientific rationale, standards of care, and professional practice guidelines.

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Diagnose or treat acute health care problems such as illnesses, infections, or injuries.

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Prescribe medications based on efficacy, safety, and cost as legally authorized.

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Counsel patients about drug regimens and possible side effects or interactions with other substances such as food supplements, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, or herbal remedies.

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Recommend interventions to modify behavior associated with health risks.

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Detect and respond to adverse drug reactions, with special attention to vulnerable populations such as infants, children, pregnant and lactating women, or older adults.

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Educate patients about self-management of acute or chronic illnesses, tailoring instructions to patients' individual circumstances.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported Work Activities in this occupation.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported Knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Therapy and Counseling:  Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You need to have good communication skills. This is partly so that you can work effectively in a team, and partly so you can talk to patients in a language they will understand and involve them in care planning.  
 
Technological advances in some areas mean that an interest in science, and an understanding of how the body and mind work, is essential. Carrying out physical care requires practical ability and good observational skills.  
 
Nurses must be resourceful, mature and tolerant enough to cope with demanding patients and other difficult situations. It is important that you are flexible, can use your initiative and have a good understanding of the organisation you work for.  
 
Most nursing posts require a certain level of physical fitness and emotional resistance.


Entry Routesheader image

To work as a qualified nursing professional, you must first successfully complete a programme of nursing education, and then apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), the statutory body for regulation of the nursing profession in Ireland. 

Pre-Registration Degree Programmes Leading to Registration with NMBI

There are 5 pre-registration level nursing training programmes available, all of which are at Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree:

  • BSc in General Nursing (RGN),
  • BSc in Psychiatric Nursing (RPN)
  • BSc in Intellectual Disability Nursing (RNID) 
  • BSc in Childrens and General (integrated) Nursing
  • BSc in Midwifery

The programmes are offered through 13 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in association with the main Healthcare Agencies (Hospitals/Clinical Sites). Application is made through the CAO.

Getting into Nursing Training

To get into a nursing training programme applicants must:

(a) have obtained  a minimum grade of C3 in two higher level papers and a minimum grade of D3 in four ordinary or higher level papers in the Leaving Certificate, in the following subjects:

  • Irish or English
  • Mathematics
  • A Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry or Agricultural Science)
  • Three other subjects

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(b) have achieved the equivalent minimum educational attainments to the Leaving Certificate, as judged by the Higher Education Authority(HEA)

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(c) meet the minimum educational requirements specified by the third level institution (HEI) concerned, for entry to the course, provided the requirements are not of a lower standard than those set out in (a) above.

(Note: Foundation Level Mathematics or Foundation Level Irish are not acceptable). 

Alternative Entry Routes:

Certain Specific FETAC Level 5 Certificate Programmes provide links to Nursing Degree Programmes. These currently are:

  • Nursing Studies (5M4349 / DCHSN)
  • Healthcare Support (5M4339 / DHSXXX)
  • Community and Health Services (5M4468 / DCHSX)

In all cases, applicants must have achieved distinctions in five components including;

  • Anatomy and Physiology (5N0749 / D20001)
  • Introduction to Nursing (5N4325 / D200012)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279 / D20032) or Biology (5N2746 / C20006)

Always contact the Admissions Office of the individual HEIs or visit www.cao.ie or www.nursingcareers.ie to check for any changes.

For full detail see 'Nursing and Midwifery - A Career for You 2015'

 

 

Last Updated: October, 2014


Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..   Occupational Health Nurse - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Nursing Careers Centre
  Address: An Bord Altranais, 18/20 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin
  Tel: (01) 639 8500
  Email: ncc@nursingboard.ie
  Url www.nursingcareers.ie
   

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Organisation: Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO)
  Address: The Whitworth Building, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7
  Tel: (01) 664 0600
  Email: inmo@inmo.ie
  Url http://www.inmo.ie/
   

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Organisation: An Bord Altranais/Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
  Address: 18-20 Carysfort Avenue Blackrock Co Dublin
  Tel: (01) 639 8500 LoCall 1890 200 116
  Email: ncc@nursingboard.ie
  Url www.nursingboard.ie
   

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Organisation: An Bord Altranais/Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
  Address: 18-20 Carysfort Avenue Blackrock Co Dublin
  Tel: (01) 639 8500 LoCall 1890 200 116
  Email: ncc@nursingboard.ie
  Url www.nursingboard.ie
   

 

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