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Nursing Practice Development

Nursing practice development co-ordinator

The Nursing Practice Development Co-ordinator leads the Nursing Practice Development Unit, which supports pre and post registration nursing staff in developing nursing practice to facilitate high standards of patient focused nursing care.

This involves leading, co-ordinating and evaluating nursing and multidisciplinary policies, while ensuring the provision of a quality clinical learning environment for student nurses. It also involves facilitating and conducting nursing research to implement best practice, and networking across the hospital, at National and International level.

For further Information contact Raphael Mc Mullin on 2214795.

Nursing practice development staff (NPD)

Our Goal Put Simply:
As change agents we aim to advance practice in order to promote high quality patient focused health care.

Nursing practice development (CNM2 Grade)

The Nursing Practice Development CNM2 facilitates and support staff to create and take ownership of change that is in line with best practice and agreed standards in the provision of quality patient care.

Examples of activities NPD are currently involved in include:

  • Development of policies, procedures and guidelines to support clinical practice.
  • Multidisciplinary initiatives e.g. Protected meal times for patients, Non Invasive Ventilation (NIV) Therapy.
  • Provision of in-service education e.g. tracheostomy care, best practice information sessions, updating staff on changes and developments in practice.
  • Staff development programmes e.g. CNS development programme, Facilitation skills programme, Documentation talks series, Action learning sets, Leadership programme (LEO).
  • Clinical audits e.g. Documentation audit, Continence audit, and Pressure area prevalence audit.

Clinical facilitator for medical and surgical

The main purpose of the Clinical Facilitator role is to assist the CNM’s to provide the necessary educational and clinical support of junior and new nursing staff, into the ward team, and encourage the personal and professional development of registered nursing staff. Currently the Clinical Facilitator covers the medical and surgical areas throughout the hospital.

Some current and completed projects and initiatives:

  • Co-ordination and facilitation of Induction Programmes for Newly Registered Nurses
  • Drawing up and introduction of 'Oral Drug Administration Competency Tool'.
  • Drawing up and introduction of 'Competency Assessment Tool' for Newly Qualified Nurses.
  • Ongoing review and evaluation of the nursing care plans.
  • CNM 2 + CNM 1 Interview Preparation Guidelines /Self Assessment Tool for existing CNMs
  • Assisting junior staff in the development of portfolios

Clinical placement co-ordinator

CPC's are responsible for promoting a positive clinical learning environment. They guide and support student nurses to encourage the application of nursing theory to practice.

Clinical placement co-ordinator role

1. Co-ordinates educational programmes

  • Reflection
  • Case presentations
  • Quality care

2. Supporting Clinical Staff

  • Competency Programme
  • Audit of Clinical Learning Environment
  • Staff Advocates

3. Liaise with partners UCD

  • In relation to entire education programme
  • Assessment Tools

4. Individual Autonomy

  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Leadership

5. Committee Commitment

  • Undergraduate Forum
  • Rostered Service Committee
  • Clinical Assessment Sub Committee

Clinical facilitator for overseas nurses

The Role of the Clinical Facilitator for Overseas Nurses was established in 2001 in response to the acute nursing shortage at that time.


  • To co-ordinate Orientation and Adaptation Programmes
  • To support overseas nurses, their preceptors and Clinical Nurse Managers during the Adaptation and Assessment period
  • To support the learning and professional development of overseas nurses

We offer a comprehensive two-week classroom based Orientation Programme for newly recruited overseas nurses who have never worked in the Irish healthcare system before.

This is followed by a six –twelve week Adaptation and Assessment Period for candidate nurses. A preceptorship programme is in place to support candidates during this time and they are assessed using the Competence Assessment Tool for Nurses Educated & Trained Overseas in non-EU Countries. (An Bord Altranais 2003)

An Bord Altranais may deem some overseas nurses eligible to register immediately upon arrival, without the need for a six-twelve week placement. These nurses are also offered the two- week Orientation Programme and this is followed by two weeks in a supernumerary capacity for the purpose of adaptation.

Administration support

Administrative support helps the entire team to be effective change agents by helping to compile policy documents, poster presentations and teaching accessories.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities are to keep management and educational records along with a record of student nurse allocations.