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All The Information You Need On Our Current Positions in Mater Private

Beginning the process of a career move is no easy feat – particularly if it’s a move after a long period of time, making it all the more daunting. But as they say, change can be a great thing and here in The Mater Private, we’re here to help you make the career transition as easy and seamless as possible. Whether you’re moving across the city or across the world, here in Mater Private we have an abundance of opportunities that might just sway you to finally make that move you’ve always wanted to.

But first things first, why Mater Private?

We pride ourselves on the opportunities we have for our staff here in Mater Private. some of our many benefits include;

  • Training – we provide excellent training grants and career development opportunities for our staff
  • We offer a very generous joining bonus of €6,000 for our staff* *terms and conditions apply
  • Working in the heart of Dublin city centre – not only do we have excellent transport links between here and the rest of the country, the UK and Europe, it’s also a thriving city bustling with energy and culture. Making it a great place to work!
  • Should any of our staff members be in need of the services provided by the Mater Private Hospital regarding their own health and well-being, we offer significant discounts to both staff and their family, subject to insurance cover
  • We have a number of travelling to work schemes that will help reduce your commuting costs
  • We have a Get Active and Social club which strives towards helping our staff become fitter, healthier and happier
  • We have a number of different flexibility options including compressed hours, job sharing and part time. A work-life balance is hugely important to us here in the Mater Private!


So, now that you’re sold on the Mater Private (we hope!), see below for a list of some of the amazing job opportunities available now;


Staff Nurse – Theatre 

Staff Nurse – Anaesthetics and Recovery

Location: Dublin

Sub-title: Full-time, permanent position.


The Staff Nurse will work collaboratively with the Theatre and multidisciplinary team to in the implementation and the provision of the highest quality patient care in the Mater Private.


Application requirements include:


  • Be on the live register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • Registered General Nurse
  • 2 years post graduate experience essential
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Self-motivated, and a commitment to staff development
  • Flexibility to meet the challenges of coordinating and delivering patient care in the Theatre Department


Job Description

Available from HR, Kathryn McBride, Tel: 01-8858692 or email


Closing Date is 12th January 2018.






 CNM 2 – Clinical Nurse Specialist Respiratory Medicine

Location: Dublin

Title: CNM 2 – Clinical Nurse Specialist Respiratory Medicine

Sub-title: Full-time, permanent position.


The Clinical Nurse Manager 2 under the guidance of the ADON and Consultant, will be responsible for the delivery of high quality patient care in collaboration with and as a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team.  Primary Liaison Registered Nurse (RN) to Respiratory Consultant and Transplant Physician.

The Clinical Nurse Manager 2 will engage in the assessment and management of respiratory patients both electively and unscheduled. Engage in the assessment and Management of medically unwell patients who are admitted via the unscheduled care pathway (Emergency Department).


Application requirements include:

  • Be on the live register with NMBI
  • Minimum of 3 years post registration experience
  • Strong interpersonal & communication skills
  • Experience in respiratory and unscheduled care essential
  • Excellent Communication Skills

Job Description

Available from HR, Kathryn McBride, Tel: 01-8858692 or email



Please submit copy of CV to email: no later than close of business on 15th January 2018






Urgent Cardiac Care  – Clinical Nurse Manager 2


We have 1 vacancies in Urgent Cardiac Care CNM 2 post. This Clinic is a progressive dynamic clinic that is run by cardiac specialist nurses and led by cardiologist.  This service is one of its kind in Ireland and is providing a cutting edge service to patients with urgent cardiac complaints.  The below is the criteria for the role and attached is the JD.

The roles are CNM 2 full time or part time, the roster is a mix of night duty and long days.

Our Cardiac Services Manager (Diane Hanrahan) is available any time to take any informal enquiries.


  • Registered General Nurse
  • Be on the live register with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • Have at least five years post-registration experience two of which must be in Acute Cardiac nursing
  • Have undertaken formal recognised post registration education in Coronary Care or Cardio Vascular Nursing at higher diploma level or equivalent.
  • Up to date knowledge and experience in acute cardiac care.
  • Excellent interpersonal and patient assessment skills
  • Must demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development to degree level or willing to undertake same
  • Have a recognised Knowledge of issues relating to nurse education and development
  • Ability to develop policies and protocols in conjunction with other members of the team


HDU Staff Nurses

Staff Nurses for High Dependency Unit

We have 4 vacancies in the High Dependency area of St .Joseph’s Ward. This Ward is a 34 bed Ward specialising in cardiology and cardiothoracic patients.

The high dependency area has the following specialities cardiothoracic surgery, Cardiology, acute general Medical and Surgical.

This service is an expanding service within the Hospital.

There is a plan to provide a Foundation Programme for Critical Care Nursing in order to support the expansion of this service.

Positions available are Staff Nurse Positions – full or part time.


Registered General Nurse

  • Be on the live register with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • Have at least three years post-registration experience two of which must be in Acute high dependency Nursing or Acute Cardiac Care
  • Excellent interpersonal and patient assessment skills

Job Description

Available from HR, Kathryn McBride, Tel: 01-8858692 or email


Please submit copy of CV to email: no later than close of business on 22nd January 2018



Clinical Nurse Manager II – Cardiac Nurse Specialist

Our 24/7 Urgent Cardiac Care Service led by the Heart & Vascular Consultants and a team of Cardiac Nurse Specialists is the only one of its kind in a private hospital in Ireland, offering patients cardiovascular care 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. As part of this growing service you’ll be working with some of Ireland’s most experienced cardiac specialists providing expert care and instruction for patients who present with chest pain or new onset arrhythmia.
Application Criteria:
• Be on the live register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
• 3 years post graduate experience
• PostGraduate qualification in Cardiology is essential

Job Descriptions are available on request from Human Resources: Tel: 01 885 8692 or email

Application is via CV to


5 Tips For Staying Awake on The Night Shift

It’s that time of the month again – the night shift has come around and you’re faced with the daunting task of having to work through the night for an entire five days (or maybe more). Yes, you have done this more times than once but as the days quickly creep in, you start to wonder how on earth you’re going to survive those night shifts once again.

There are a few tips and tricks you can use to keep you up all night – although depending what ward you’re in, the patients can sometimes act as the strongest caffeine! But if you’re assigned to a quieter ward, staying up all night without feeling terribly drowsy is a tough feat. And buckets of coffee every hour just won’t cut it – nor will it be beneficial to your health.

We’ve compiled a few tips that may come in useful!

  1. Stay Hydrated!

Drinking water will keep the brain hydrated and help us feel alert too. Our brain is made up of 75% water and dehydration means that the brain loses fluids – this can lead to feeling tired and drained of energy. Added to that staying hydrated with regular glasses of water will make you need to urinate, that is sure to keep you awake!


  1. Stay Moving

It’s inevitable that you’ll start to feel drowsy during your night shift but these periods of drowsiness will generally be when you’re least active during the night. Keep yourself moving throughout your shift, whether that’s reorganising supplies or doing some light exercise throughout the night – no better time to get your squat on!


  1. Sleep, sleep, sleep (the night before)

It’s difficult to get your body clock to reset itself to abnormal waking hours but trying to rest up as much as possible on the day before your night shift will be of huge benefit to you. Your body will thank you for it later!


  1. Eat small portions of food throughout the night

You know that feeling when you eat a big, wholesome and slightly indulgent meal? The buttons on the pants come unbuttoned, your eyes get heavy and all you want to do is dose into a food-induced coma. Well that’s not the feeling you want when you’re on the night shift. Try eat small, regular snacks throughout the night instead to keep your energy up and to avoid that dreaded dozy feeling.


  1. Chat to your co-workers

Keeping your mind alert is so important on your night shift and a good way to do this is to chat to your co-workers – they also might be good for some more tips on staying awake for the night!


Good luck!


Want to learn more about our amazing career opportunities here in the Mater Private, click here to fill in the form and our Mater Private representative will get in touch with you



Top 5 Questions Asked In A Nursing Interview

There’s nothing quite like the nerves that hit you before an interview. Sweaty palms and racing hearts. Blank minds and wobbly knees. You may be adverse to stomach turns with years of nursing or placements under your belt, but that doesn’t stop the butterflies on the day of an interview for a new role.

One thing that stops (OK maybe not stops, but definitely alleviates a tad bit) the butterflies is being fully prepared. You know what they say; fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Particularly when you’re applying for a role you’re well and truly after, the nerves can sink in even further so one thing we suggest here at the Mater Private hospital is ensuring you have as much prepared as possible.

That includes the following; having a good night’s rest, a well-thought out and professionally-appropriate outfit laid out and a strong idea of what questions might come up and how you want to answer them. Once you have those boxes ticked, you’ll feel a whole lot better about the big interview

Top 5 typical Interview Questions

  • “Why are you looking for a new job?”

This question is used to test both your personality and your ambitions and goals. If you’re leaving your current position, be wary about being negative about your previous employers – even if it is for a negative reason that you’re leaving! Spin the negative into a positive and talk about how you’re looking for new challenges, a change of scrutineer and you think this new position will bring new challenges, which excites you.


  • “What do you know about us and what attracted you to apply here”
  • One thing that many interviewees forget to consider, as obvious as it sounds, is the where they are applying to. You may be forgiven for thinking that the interview is all about you. But your potential future employer wants to understand why you chose to apply to them particularly and that you didn’t just multi-print 100 copies of your CV and apply for any and all positions you came across. Show some interest and knowledge into where you are applying and you’re on to a winner.
  • “Tell us what you know about XXXX nursing”

Ensure you know everything you can about the specialty you’re applying for. If you’ve worked in that specialty before, you’re at a great advantage but that’s not to say you can’t pick up a few snippets of knowledge if this is you’re first time applying for a particular role. Talk to nursing friends and family, read up about the specialty online and ensure you can impress your interviewee with your knowledge.


  • “What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?”

An oldie but a goodie – this question is bound to come up in some shape or form in any interview you ever do. Utilise this question to display your strengths in terms of nursing and what you can bring to the ward. As for weaknesses? No one is without flaws but try to spin your weakness into a positive


  • “What motivated you to become a nurse?”

This is where you can let your personality and your desire for nursing truly shine. Your interviewer wants to know you’re motivated by more than just monetary rewards. Is it helping people that motivates you? Making a difference in someone’s life? Or is it something else? Let them know!

Finally, an interview generally wraps up with the simple question; “Do you have any questions for us?”. This is one of the most important questions in the interview. Make sure you research the role, the hospital and the ward you’ll be working on and devise a few questions beforehand based off your research. This will show enthusiasm for the role and end the interview on a positive note.

Ireland’s leading private hospital, The Mater Private are currently hiring across a number of specialties and we’d love to hear from you. Click here to find out more

8 Things You Learn As A General Nurse

So, you’ve made it through four years in university, you’ve completed many a week of night shifts (the first one of which will forever be etched in your memory)  and you’ve seen more excretion than you ever thought humanly possible. You’ve successfully completed the exams, graduated with flying colors and received a job offer in the Hospital of your choice, congratulations! Now what?

Well now it’s time to begin your career in general nursing and although you may think you’ve ticked all the nursing boxes possible during placement, you’re about to discover that there’s always something new to learn when you’re practicing nursing. No one ever said it was easy, but it definitely teaches you a thing or two about life!

Check out 8 (of the five hundred million things) you learn as a general nurse below –

  1. There’s Always Time For Questions

During your first year as a qualified nurse, everything seems a little bit scary. Hospitals are one of the busiest places on earth and the last thing you want is to slow someone down when you know they have a million and one things to do. But if you don’t ask, you’ll never learn. Never be afraid to ask questions – no matter how busy your supervisor looks.


2. Compression Socks Are Your Best Friend

Remember when you were younger and you always wondered what on earth granny was wearing on her feet? Well, those are compression socks and after a 12 hour shift on your feet non-stop, these babies will save the day. Not only do they have a comforting factor and reduce swelling of the legs, they also decrease the risk of blood clots and improve venous blood flow – all the while, reducing the painful symptoms of varicose veins.


3. Your Stomach Is Stronger Than You Ever Thought Possible

When working in a hospital or clinic, you see things that very few of your friends and loved ones ever have to see and as tough as that can be, it makes you, and more specifically your stomach, harder than nails. Between severe cases of scabies and incomprehensible bed sores to unholy amounts of body fluids, nurses quickly learn to brush these things off. And to stomach a lunch, no matter what they’ve seen that morning.


4. Avoid Complaining

When possible, of course. Everyone needs a bit of a rant every now and again to get things off their chest, but keep it to a minimum. Nursing is tough on the body – both mentally and physically and everyone there with you is in the same boat. To keep spirits high in your ward (one of the most important things for getting through the day), keep the whinging to a minimum.


5. Leave Work In Work

It’s hard to switch off after a 12-hour work day. But it’s particularly hard if you’ve had a bad one where emotions were running particularly high or a patient you thought would recover, passes. It’s important to try leave your work in work and try switch your mind off from thinking about the events of the day. We strongly recommend exercises like yoga, incorporating meditation into your ‘switching off’ routine or chatting to a family or friend after a hard day. It’s the little things that make all the difference


6. Staying Calm Is So Important

For many people outside the industry, hospitals immediately mean panic and stress. But as a nurse, you quickly realise that staying calm under pressure and being able to prioritise the work is a skill that will stand to you throughout your career.


7. If You Don’t Chart It, It Didn’t Happen

Ensure that everything you do is made a note of so the next nurse or doctor on duty knows exactly what went on, what medication the patient took and what instructions they should be following. Also, if ever there is a case brought to the hospital, it will be important that all your actions have been noted and dated.


8. Knowing The Equipment on Your Ward is Vital

Every ward will have a number of similarities between them but each have their own specialties, their own personalities and most importantly, their own equipment. As a nurse starting out, it’s your job to figure out what equipment is most often used on your ward and get an understanding of how everything works