Director of Nursing - Norwood Grange

Based on experience



  • Full Time

Norwood Grange Nursing Home, Waterfall, Cork is actively recruiting a Director of Nursing in advance of the retirement of our current DON of 18 years.

We are a family run 30-bedroom Nursing home in the outskirts of Cork City and welcome all applicants with the relevant qualifications that would have an interest in joining our team.

The DON is responsible for ensuring the Nursing Home is following policies and procedures in line with HIQA guidelines. The DON has ultimate responsibility for staffing levels and employment issues. The Director of Nursing / Person in Charge is required to plan, direct and supervise all nursing services, to the highest of standards.



Purpose of the Post

The primary role of the Director of Nursing will be one of clinical and professional leadership in the day to day operations of The Nursing Home. This includes ensuring the effective management of clinical care and support services provided within The Nursing Home.


Role and Responsibilities


  • Ensure that the provision of a high standard of care to the resident and families in The Nursing Home is consistent with the mission, vision, values and strategic plan of The Nursing Home.
  • Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the Values of The Nursing Home.
  • Encourage recognition of the resident as an individual, ensuring resident’s needs and comfort are given priority. Facilitate residents to provide feedback and information about care and services they receive.
  • Provide potential residents and/or their representatives with a tour of The Nursing Home and any relevant information.
  • Oversee the delivery of resident care together with all members of the multidisciplinary teams.
  • Communicate with relevant teams regarding on-going development of The Nursing Home operations.
  • Communicates with residents, relatives and visitors on an on-going basis. Liaise with families regularly to ensure they are aware of mechanisms to communicate with The Nursing Home.
  • Attend / chair meetings as required and keep staff briefed on developments in The Nursing Home.
  •  Liaise with HIQA and other external bodies as required.
  • Undertake marketing to promote The Nursing Home to potential residents.
  • Manage the accounting, financial and budgetary requirements of The Nursing Home.
  • Provide leadership and guidance at all times, particularly at times of emergency.
  • Create and promote open communications, healthy working relationships, and stimulate initiative among the team.
  • Be aware of the confidential nature of the work and in particular, the right of residents to confidentiality. To this end you will not discuss workings of The Nursing Home or its residents with people outside The Nursing Home.


  • Undertake the role and responsibilities of the Person-in-Charge in line with the Health Act 2007, related regulations and the Health information and Quality Authority (HIQA) standards.
  • Oversee the organisation and management of The Nursing Home.
  • Oversee the operations and the management team.
  • Oversee and co-ordinate the quality and safety system including all aspects of risk management and resident involvement.
  • Drive the quality and safety system including all aspects of risk management and resident involvement.
  • Participate with the orientation of all new staff to The Nursing Home.
  • Undertake counselling and appraisal of trained staff as required.
  • Endeavour to keep abreast of recent trends and developments.
  • Be responsible for the recruitment, development and supervision of staff.
  • Facilitate the arrangements necessary and participate where appropriate, in education and training of other staff as the need arises
  • Be responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Liaise with external organisations in order to promote and maintain good working relationships and high standards of care and service for residents.
  • Lead, by example, a professional, punctual and dedicated team.
  • Create and promote open communications, healthy working relationships, and stimulate initiative among the team.
  • Motivate team members, by agreeing goals and objectives, through performance review.
  • To undertake such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Registered Provider.
  • The foregoing should not be considered exhaustive.












Eligibility criteria


Qualifications, experience and knowledge


Other Duties

  • Attend training courses both in-house and at other locations to meet and enhance the service being provided by The Nursing Home.
  • Maintain high personal hygiene standards.




  • A registered General Nurse on the Register of Nurses held by An Board Altranais or be entitled to be so registered
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Post Graduate diploma in gerontology
  • Management Qualifications
  • IT Skills



  • Minimum three years post graduate experience in gerontology with a minimum of two years experience in Care of the Older Person at CNM level
  • Minimum 2 years management experience
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of the ageing process

Essential skills, competencies and/or knowledge



Professional knowledge


  • Demonstrate sound knowledge and clinical nursing practice together with future trends in Care of Older Persons
  • Shows evidence of current legislative policies pertinent to Care of the Older Person


  • Knowledge of organisation of health services and trends nationally and internationally
  • Ability to source both theoretical and technical information

Core Aptitudes:

  • Act as a good role model
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Teaching skills
  • Has ability to manage change