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PR19238-Staff Nurse

Posted 5 February by NHS Grampian Featured Ended
Strathbeg Ward presently requires an enthusiastic and highly motivated nurse to join our highly motivated and experienced multidisciplinary teams as Band 5 Staff Nurse.

This is a 37.5 hour post (rotational day and night duty). The post is Permanent and Full time. RMN or RGN essential.

Strathbeg Ward is a 12 bedded male ward providing care for people with progressing dementia and associated symptoms of stress and distress which are frequently expressed as aggressive or otherwise disturbed behaviour such as excessive vocalisation or activity / movement.

Strathbeg Wards seeking to continually improve and build upon the care we provide and would like to become a centre of excellence in Dementia Care through increasing the provision of Psychological Treatments and Interventions in use within Dementia; making improvements to our environment and supporting staff training and development.  

We are currently providing the following training to staff:  

Informed about Dementia: Improving Practice at Informed and Skilled Level at present, moving to Enhanced and Expert level, in future.  

Therapeutic Activity within Dementia

SONAS: Sonas is a multisensory stimulation technique developed specifically for people with dementia.  

Snoezelen:  A room dedicated to this approach is available in our sister ward, Loirston and we have recently acquired this equipment for use in Strathbeg also.  

We actively encourage and promote the use of Music as Therapy; Cognitive Stimulation Therapy; Behavioural Activation; Life Story Work; Reminiscence; Activity; we have access to a TechnoGym on the ward and have access to a Therapeutic Garden adjacent to the ward. We also promote family / carer / relative participation in care. We hope to continue to develop and add to these approaches and interventions.

We also support new nurses to complete their Flying Start programme and will support all nurses in their Training Needs to assist them to meet Revalidation and e-Portfolio needs and NMC requirements.  

Mandatory and supplementary training will be provided and Staff Nurses are also expected to take on any number of Key Roles within the Ward having received appropriate training (e.g. Basic Life Support Trainers; Tissue Viability; Datix Approvers; Continence Assessors; Key Handler for Moving and Handling; Pharmacy Liaison; Nutritional Support and Liaison; Hand Hygiene / IP&C; SEWS).

We also wish to support Staff Nurses to complete Mentorship training in partnership with the University and our PEF.  

Staff Nurses also have access to training in CBT techniques provided as in-house training in the form of “bite-sized” training modules.  

Graduate and Post-Graduate Study is also encouraged as part of staff development and some financial support can be made available to assist with this.

Applicants should demonstrate awareness of current research in Dementia Care and the use of Therapeutic Psychological and Behavioural approaches and be willing to adapt to the ever changing needs of the Old Age Psychiatry service.  

The successful candidate should be motivated, demonstrate a commitment towards participation in the continued development of patient focused care whilst fostering a therapeutic ward environment. This position would suit those that wish to be part of an evolving service that recognises the diverse and complex needs of the elderly and their carers.

The successful applicant will receive guidance and support and be encouraged to develop their knowledge and skills relating to the client group.

Informal enquiries please contact Stephanie Kennedy, Senior Charge Nurse () or Sandie Thomson, Acting Deputy Charge Nurse ().

An attractive relocation allowance of up to £8,000 is available to successful candidates.

To obtain the job description for this post, please click on the following link -PR19238-JD&PS.docx

Closing Date: Wednesday 14 February 2018.

Reference: 34394225

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