St Vincent's Hospital, FairviewDepartments

Nursing Management

Welcome to the Nursing Department information page.

We endeavour to provide efficient and effective quality nursing care to our service users and their families, in line with the ethos and mission of the hospital and community services.



  • To this end we provide strategic and clinical leadership in the delivery of quality care from a nursing perspective.

  • We endeavour to develop and promote the management of change necessary to achieve organisational objectives whilst adopting a risk management approach in managing the change process.

The department works in collaboration with other professionals and managers to achieve the service goals in the area of Mental Health.

The nursing department is responsible for:

  • The daily operational management of the units, departments and community services from a nursing perspective

  • Developing and implementing nursing policies, protocols and guidelines in accordance with best practice

  • Organising recruitment, selection and appointment of nursing, care assistants, household, hospital porters and related personnel

  • Identifying, planning and implementing appropriate training to ensure that each practitioner has the opportunity to attend appropriate courses/training etc. to enhance their professional development

  • To ensure that standards of clinical nursing care are in operation and that regular monitoring of nursing care is undertaken through audit

  • To ensure Quality and Patient Safety and health and safety of staff are managed effectively within the service and to establish a framework to ensure that the nursing services are compliant with all statutory requirements, including the Mental Health Commission and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

The nurse management team consists of:


Director of Nursing:

PA to DON / Admin support

Assistant Directors of Nursing:


Nurse Practice Development Co-ordinator:

Mr Declan Lavery 

Ms Fionnuala Keating
Contact no: 01 884 2445

Ms Evelyn Mc Gonagle
Ms Kathy Murdoch
Ms Mary Casey
Mr Padraig Mahon

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General Description

The Nursing Practice Development Unit is staffed by a Nursing Practice Development Co-ordinator (NPDC), Clinical Placement Co-ordinators (CPC), Student Allocation Liaison Officer (SALO), and Administrator.

The main responsibilities include:

  • To enhance and develop nursing practice with the aim of providing a quality service for people who experience mental health challenges.

  • Nursing Practice development through staff development, education, research and support.

  • Clinical Placement Co-ordinators working with clinical nurse managers and preceptors to ensure that clinical areas provide optimum learning environments for student nurses.

Services provided

The main services provided by staff in the Nursing Practice Development Unit focus on:

  • Nursing Practice. To support practice innovation, evidence based practice and quality improvement. Nursing Practice Development recognises the increasing specialisation and complexity for mental health practice, and work with staff in a patient focused approach to enhance capacity for creativity and innovation.

  • Working with student nurses who are undertaking a four-year BSc programme. The programme provides preparation for working as a psychiatric / mental health nurse and is jointly provided by St. Vincent's Hospital, Fairview and Dublin City University (DCU). Also the programme provides preparation for working as a general nurse and is jointly provided by St. Vincent's Hospital, Fairview, Mater Misericordiae Hospital and University College Dublin (UCD). Students spend time in different settings:

(i) 50% in clinical placement where they work along side preceptors acquiring clinical nursing skills and applying nursing knowledge to client / patient care.

(ii) 50% in the university where they study a variety of subjects that relate to nursing.

On successful completion of the programme, students are awarded a Degree in Nursing, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)/ Degree in Nursing, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) and are entitled to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of ireland as a Registered Nurse. Clinical Placement Co-ordinators (CPC’s) work under the umbrella of the Nursing Practice Development Department.

The key functions of the CPC Role include:

  • Liasing with the Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing, NPDC, Clinical Nurse Managers, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Community Mental Health Nurses to develop and maintain an effective learning environment for clinical staff and student nurses.

  • Facilitating BSc student nurses from DCU and UCD to identify learning opportunities in clinical placements, link theoretical knowledge to healthcare practice and use reflective techniques to develop professionally and personally.

  • Providing support and guidance to preceptors in their teaching role with students.

  • Forging links with university personnel to insure continuity between theoretical and clinical components of the BSc in Nursing Programme.

  • Involvement in practice development issues, which are complimentary to student support and clinical learning e.g. clinical quality and audit.

Contact Details


Nursing Practice Development Unit, Old School of Nursing, St. Vincent's Hospital, Fairview, Dublin 3.

Nursing Practice Development Co-ordinator

Clinical Placement Co-ordinators

Student Allocation Liaison Officer


Tel: 884 2440

Tel: 884 2440 / Ext 2448

Tel: 884 2440 / Ext 2415

Tel: 884 2440 / Ext 2495

Tel: 884 2440 / Ext 2442



External Agencies
Links with DCU, UCD, Mater M.University Hospital, CHO9 Mental Health Services and various healthcare facilities (both statutory and voluntary) in the greater Dublin area.

No Smoking Policy
The hospital operates a Smoke Free Policy with designated smoking areas for staff, patients and visitors. A smoking cessation service is available to staff, inpatients and clients in the community.