Theatre Nurses – UPMC Auteven Hospital & UPMC Kildare Hospital

UPMC Ireland
Employment Type
Not disclosed
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We are currently recruiting Theatre Nurses in both UPMC Auteven Hospital in Kilkenny and UPMC Kildare Hospital in Clane. Please state clearly in your application which location you are applying for.

Theatre Nurse
The post holder will work as an integral member of the nursing and multidisciplinary team in the operating theatre suite and endoscopy suite involved in the provision of evidence-based care to the patients who attend for surgery. The nurse will provide the highest professional and ethical standards within the model of nursing which must be assessed, planned, implemented, and evaluated.

Eligible Criteria

  • Be registered in the general division of the register of nurses kept by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
  • A minimum of one to two years of post-registration experience is desirable.
  • Basic life support certification.
  • A relevant theatre qualification is advantageous.
  • A peri-operative staff nurse may be assigned to any area within anaesthetics, scrub, circulating, post anaesthetic care unit (PACU), or endoscopy within their scope of practice.

Professional Responsibilities

Medical ward nurses are expected to practice according to the Code of Professional Conduct as laid down by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) and Professional Clinical Guidelines.

  • Adhere at all times to the NMBI code for nurses.
  • Adhere to UPMC Aut Even Hospital guidelines, policies, and protocols.
  • Work within their scope of practice and take measures to continuously develop and maintain the competence necessary for professional practice.
  • Maintain a high standard of professional behaviour and be accountable for their practice.
  • Provide and maintain a caring, efficient and highly professional nursing service to all patients in their care.
  • Be aware of ethical policies and procedures which pertain to their area of practice.
  • Respect and maintain the privacy, dignity, and confidentiality of the patient at all times.
  • Assume responsibility for and coordinate the management of the ward area in the absence of the clinical nurse manager (CNM II).
  • To undertake the role of mentor or buddy where requested and to facilitate the orientation and development of new staff.


  • Assist in the smooth and effective running of the endoscopy unit.
  • Assessing, planning, delivering, and evaluating patient care in the endoscopic room.
  • Prepare patients for endoscopy procedures under sedation or general anaesthesia.
  • Ensure effective teamwork by good communication with all members of the multidisciplinary team to enable continuity of care and a safe environment for patients and staff, following local protocols and standards.
  • Awareness of the effective management of resources within the department.
  • Participate in education, training, and development of other staff.
  • Ensure all equipment is checked prior to use and any faults reported to the line manager immediately.
  • Help to control cross infection by observing departmental policy regarding theatre attire, the maintenance of a clean working environment, decontamination, and sterilisation procedures and asepsis.
  • Prepare patients for endoscopy procedures under sedation or general anaesthesia.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge and skills within endoscopy and the profession of nursing.

Clinical – Anaesthetics

  • Demonstrate safe and skilled support for the anaesthetist during all types of anaesthesia.
  • Prepare the anaesthetic area within the operating suite being aware of the individual patient needs and specific anaesthetist requirements, i.e. drug preparation and administration, IV cannulation, IV fluids and preparation, and insertion of invasive monitoring as required.
  • Ensure that anaesthetic equipment is checked on a regular basis as per protocols and is fit and available for use, including anaesthetic machines, vaporisers, laryngoscope handles and blades, specific anaesthetic paediatric and adult consumables trolleys.
  • Ensure adequate stock levels are maintained in the anaesthetic areas at all times and that non-stock requisition orders are dealt with appropriately through the process for new product order.
  • Integrate knowledge of hazards, pharmacology, and surgery to contribute effectively to a patient’s safe recovery from anaesthesia.
  • Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate individualised and holistic care of the patient during preparation for surgery, induction of anaesthetic, while anaesthetised, and while recovering from anaesthetic.
  • Adhere to hospital policies and procedures based on national guidance and evidence-based practice for the administration of medicines when working with drugs and anaesthetic agents during induction, maintenance reversal, and post-operative phases of patient care.
  • Monitor patient recovery to ensure early detection and treatment of any complication and/or deterioration in their condition and initiate treatment and referral to relevant members of the clinical team.
  • Utilise evidence-based pain assessment tools to ensure effective pain monitoring and Control-Numerical and FLAC
  • Educate and support those patients who are using patient-controlled analgesia, to ensure effective pain control.
  • Assess fitness for discharge from the recovery room back to the ward.
  • Participate in ACLS and PALS training programmes as undertaken in the organisation

Scrub and Circulation

  • Provide nursing care for patients undergoing surgery.
  • Assist consultant surgeons in all surgical procedures.
  • Maintain standards of nursing care in pre-operative and post-operative planning, implementation, and patient care.
  • Be aware of the multifaceted needs of theatre patients and provide a holistic support service for them and their families.
  • Prepare the operating room for all elective scheduled procedures.
  • Maintain the principles of aseptic techniques in performing surgical scrub, setting instruments, gowning, and gloving as needed for each surgical procedure.
  • Ensure that controlled drug records are kept in accordance with standard recognised legal and professional practice.
  • Ensure the correct counting procedures are adhered to throughout the patient stay in the operating room.

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

About UPMC

A $23 billion healthcare provider and insurer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centred, cost-effective, accountable care. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences , UPMC shares its clinical, managerial and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialisation arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International.

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.