Staffing

Nursing staffing remained at or near to its full complement during, allowing utilization of all beds for almost all of the year. It is hoped that the nursing complement can be increased to open all beds in the new ICU.

There are two attendants, one shared orderly, one shared technician and a shared ICU secretary. The ICU is staffed by a registrar or specialist registrar rotating from the department of anaesthesia, available 24 hours a day.

During 2005 Geraldine Carey was appointed as CNM III, Caroline Donoghue was appointed Acting Clinical Facilitator and Anne Hughes was appointed CNM1. Dr. Cathal Nolan and Dr. Robert Plant joined the consultant staff. An aim is to achieve out-of-hours cover by consultant intensivist staff: this is now achieved for ¾ of weekends.

We wish all the new appointees well in their new posts.