Pre-Operative Assessment Nurse – UPMC Kildare Hospital - UPMC

Pre-Operative Assessment Nurse – UPMC Kildare Hospital

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Please send a letter of application along with an up-to-date CV to Hazel Swords, HR Business Partner, UPMC Kildare by email to

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Sunday, 31 October 2021.

Pre-Operative Assessment Nurse

Based at: UPMC Kildare Hospital, Clane
Reports to: CNM
Contract: Full-time, Permanent


Overview of the Post:

To provide and coordinate exceptional patient care in pre-operative testing and assessment clinic for UPMC Kildare Hospital. The nurse will work as an integral member of the nursing and multidisciplinary team involved in the provision of evidence-based care to the patients who attend.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • The pre-operative assessment nurse is accountable for the coordination of pre-operative/procedure testing and assessment, within the pre-operative testing clinic.
  • The appointee is accountable to the manager of the Day Unit department and the director of nursing. He/she will coordinate and provide effective team participation and leadership within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Assists with the provision of expert clinical care with a mainly ambulatory patient population, working closely with consultants, secretaries, the admitting department and many ancillary departments in the coordination and deliver of pre-operative/procedural testing.
  • She/he will work within the current nursing practice in accordance with ABA guidelines, assist with ongoing education of staff members, patient’s and their families.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of a pre-operative/procedure testing and assessment program to include patient care protocols, documentation tools, reporting of abnormal lab values, radiological readings, or ECG abnormalities.
  • Coordinates pre-operative education with ancillary departments.
  • Assists with the Health Screening Unit and urea breath testing as a subsidiary of the Pre-Assessment Clinic.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Ability to teach and share knowledge with a multidisciplinary team involved in patient through-put and preparation for surgery/procedures.
  • Computer literacy is necessary, with the ability to work with several applications
  • Ability to multi-task with telephone communication and computer charting.
  • Strong empathy when dealing with patients and family undergoing surgical interventions.
  • Good interpersonal communication skills.
  • Actively strive to develop multidisciplinary communication, collaboration and teamwork across the departments and within the relevant healthcare environment with regard to pre-operative/procedural preparation and throughput.
  • Provide a high level of professional and clinical education based in evidence based practice and ensure the department/service strives to attain high standards.
  • Develop and participate in quality improvement programmes aimed at the development and monitoring of nursing standards.
  • Ensure the principles and practices of risk management are adhered to in pre-operative testing and assessment clinic and relevant healthcare setting.
  • Ensure the availability and maintenance of equipment necessary for the delivery of optimum standards of patients.
  • Maintain a safe environment within the department for both staff and patients; ensure that all staff and patients conform to health and safety regulations.
  • Ensure systems are in place to deal with any emergency within the pre-operative/procedural testing and assessment area.
  • Organise and deliver pre-operative/procedural patient teaching, based on the specific needs for the patient population treated.
  • Maintain and ensure that accurate records and statistics are kept and communicate information and related matters to senior nurse managers.
  • Participate in Service planning and effective and efficient management of all resources and participate in the implementation and evaluation of service plans with the multidisciplinary team.

Education / Experience Requirements

  • The post holder must hold the following to fulfill the requirements of the post:
    • Be registered in the general division of the register of nurses kept by NMBI.
    • A minimum of one to two years of post-registration experience is desirable.
    • Basic life support certification.
    • Minimum of 3 years post registration experience in an acute hospital setting
    • Experience in Phlebotomy/Cannulation

The job description is intended to be an outline of the areas of responsibility. As UPMC Kildare Hospital and the post holder develop, this job description may be subject to review in light of the changing needs of the hospital.

About UPMC

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Providing high-quality healthcare in the South East since 2006, UPMC’s operations in Ireland now include UPMC Whitfield Hospital in Waterford, UPMC Kildare Hospital in Clane, UPMC Aut Even Hospital in Kilkenny, the UPMC Carlow Outreach Centre, UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre radiotherapy locations at UPMC Whitfield and in Cork, and the UPMC Concussion Network. UPMC is the Official Healthcare Partner of the GAA and GPA.

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