Cancer Nurse

Irish Cancer Society
Employment Type
€56,000 per annum
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Job title:  Cancer Nurse

Department:  Services

Reporting to:  Daffodil Centres Team Leader, Irish Cancer Society & Assistant Director of Nursing/CNM3 in the hospital 

Hours of work  1 day per week (Friday, 7 hours). Additional cover required (hours will be arranged for each period of cover)

Location:  Dublin – Daffodil Centre (Cancer Information Centre) in relevant hospitals

Contract Type:  Permanent

Key Relationships:

  • Irish Cancer Society:  Services Department
  • Hospital:  Assistant Director of Nursing/Hospital Clinical Staff in Surgery/Oncology/Haematology/Palliative Care

Salary:   €56,00 (pro rata)

Who we are

The Irish Cancer Society is a community of patients, survivors, volunteers, supporters, health and social care professionals and researchers. Together, we are working to save lives and improve the lives of people affected by cancer. 

By 2025, 3 out of 4 Irish cancer patients will survive their diagnosis and everyone affected by the disease will have access to world-class treatment, care and support. In future, no one in Ireland will die from cancer.

The Society is the leading provider of cancer information in Ireland. Its Cancer Support Department offers advice, information and support to anyone worried about any aspect of cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care.

Daffodil Centres – Cancer Information Centres are based in general hospitals in Ireland. This hospital-based service has the potential to transform the patient experience in relation to cancer information. It helps to address the information needs of those concerned about cancer within the hospital, through listening, providing information, advice and support. Not only does it involve cancer patients, but family members and the public as well. The range of free advice, information and support is broad-based, ranging from:

  • cancer prevention and early detection
  • diagnosis
  • cancer treatments and related side-effects
  • end of life services
  • support and psychological care 
  • practical entitlements and services available.

This service is part of the Services Department in the Irish Cancer Society and as such will hold strong links to it. The cancer nurse will be linked with the multidisciplinary clinical team responsible for the care of cancer patients, both within the hospital and local community. Trained volunteers will play a crucial role in assisting the Cancer Nurse running the centre.

If you have experience in cancer nursing and are passionate about transforming the patient experience in relation to cancer information, we want to hear from you.

While the post-holder will be an employee of the Irish Cancer Society he/she will work in the Daffodil Centre located in the hospital. It is critical that the Cancer Nurse must adhere to general conditions as outlined by the hospital in relation to Health and Safety, Infection Control, Dress Code and adhere to guidelines/requirements in relation to Risk Management, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety. (Full details will be provided upon commencement of employment.)

Overall Responsibility

The post-holder will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Daffodil Centre and provide clear and accessible information on any cancer-related issue the client presents with, offer appropriate support and direct people to other sources of information and support, where necessary.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide comprehensive cancer information, advice and support to patients, carers, the general public and healthcare professionals. Answering queries about all aspects of cancer (face-to-face, telephone, email and written).
  • Refer clients as appropriate to services within the hospital or elsewhere in line with operational policies of the hospital.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures of both the Hospital and the Daffodil Centre.
  • Work with managers in both the hospital and the Irish Cancer Society to develop and manage the Daffodil Centre, ensuring that it is providing easily accessible and high-quality professional service.
  • Maintain good working relationships with nurses, consultants and other clinical staff involved in the delivery of cancer care within the hospital.
  • Be responsible for maintaining stock levels of up-to-date, high-quality information materials, including Irish Cancer Society materials (booklets/factsheets), which will be displayed in the Daffodil Centre.
  • Comply with hospital/Irish Cancer Society complaints procedure, monitor complaints and provide feedback to managers.
  • In conjunction with the Daffodil Centres Team Leaders and the Survivor Support Coordinator manage volunteers assigned to the Daffodil Centre, ensuring that they are available and maintain a presence, keeping the centre open at the designated times.
  • Document activities of the centre, including statistics on the number and demographics of patients/clients seen, number of telephone/email enquiries and satisfaction with service provided.
  • Maintain a knowledge base on developments in cancer care and of resources/services for cancer patients, particularly in the catchment area.


  • Be aware of HSE/Irish Cancer Society & other campaigns events, which may lead to an increased number of enquires on a specific issue.
  • The list of duties in this job description is not exhaustive and is intended to outline the main activities of the post holder. Duties and responsibilities may be subject to change taking into account the development needs of the service.

Person Specification

  • Registered General Nurse
  • Post registration qualification in cancer nursing (minimum of diploma level qualification)
  • Three years recent experience in cancer nursing
  • The clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role
  • Excellent communication skills with a demonstrated interest in this area
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Team player with ability to work independently as required
  • Diplomatic and tactful with the ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office) 
  • Demonstrated evidence of continuing professional development at the appropriate level

HOW TO APPLY:  If you are interested in applying for this position, please send curriculum vitae and cover letter to Amanda Walsh, Recruitment Administrator through the direct link provided. 

The closing date for applications is close of business 17th July, 2022.

The Irish Cancer Society is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.