Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist – Galway

Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, is seeking to recruit a Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist. This is an exciting opportunity to join the Croí Health Team and help drive forward the CVD prevention agenda in Ireland. Join us and make a real difference to patient care, while working with a dynamic and progressive organisation.

Croí is a registered Irish Heart & Stroke Charity based in Galway. Its mission is to prevent cardiovascular disease, save lives and promote recovery and wellbeing.  Over the past decade, Croí has developed an expertise in cardiovascular disease prevention, early detection and intervention which has achieved national and international recognition through a variety of healthcare and innovation awards.

We are seeking to recruit a ‘Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist’ to coordinate and deliver a range of cardiovascular disease prevention and patient support initiatives; including the Croí CLANN programme (a specialised obesity management programme); cardiovascular risk factor screening, risk factor management and lifestyle modification programmes; public awareness campaigns and general cardiovascular health promotion.

Primary Role

To provide clinical leadership in delivering high-quality, evidence-based patient care. The post holder will work remotely (due to COVID-19 restrictions) as part of a multidisciplinary team and from time-to-time will be required to work at the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway. Consideration will be given to blended working post COVID.


Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Deliver to a defined protocol, full clinical assessment, management and evaluation of individuals who participate in the wide range of Croí programmes, providing expert nursing advice, support and counselling where necessary. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the majority of health activities are being operated virtually at present.
  • Ensure rigorous reporting procedures utilising an efficient data management information system, enabling implementation and evaluation of all service metrics ensuring excellent, demonstrable performance.
  • Ensure comprehensive protocols of standardised care with associated documentation are in place for all clinical programme, reflective of current guidelines, evidence base and best practice.
  • Coordinate and deliver health promotion information sessions to members of the public.
  • Be responsible for the development and utilisation of educational resources for programme delivery, as well as to support and empower the patient’s own self-management.
  • Ensure the service delivery model facilitates behaviour change utilising evidence based theoretical principles including techniques such as motivational interviewing, brief intervention and goal setting.
  • Be professionally accountable for all aspects of your own work, working to best practice guidelines and the Croí Health Programme protocols.
  • Be responsible for your own continuing professional development.

Skills and Competencies

The post holder will be required to demonstrate:

  • A proficient knowledge of current developments in the prevention and management of CVD including heart, stroke and vascular disease.
  • Advanced clinical reasoning.
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to work autonomously and as part of a multi-disciplinary team in service delivery, development and in achieving key performance outputs.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in the management and co-ordination of health programmes.
  • Initiative and motivation in service delivery.
  • Confidence, assertiveness and flexibility.
  • Excellent IT skills to include use of Email, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Database management.
  • Excellent writing skills, both academic and lay writing, contributing to information leaflets, reports and presentations.
  • Experience in public speaking/ delivery of patient education sessions.
  • Excellent organisational skills with an aptitude for effective time management, problem solving, project planning, delivery and execution.
  • A commitment to quality measurable through audit and research.


The post holder must be suitably qualified as follows:

  • Be registered with An Bord Altranais.
  • Have at least 3 years’ relevant post registration experience, two of which must be in the area of cardiology and/or vascular disease, stroke, diabetes or obesity.
  • Have the clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to fulfil the functions of the role.
  • Have experience of conducting clinical audits both in primary care and in hospitals.
  • Phlebotomy skills / experience desirable.
  • Nurse prescribing desirable.

A postgraduate qualification in any of the following would be an advantage:

  • Cardiac Nursing
  • Practice Nursing
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Research



Salary will be commensurate with experience. We are open to Full Time and Part time applications. This is a permanent position. To apply, please send your CV with a cover letter to before Friday 30th  April 2021.

This job profile will be subject to review in accordance with service developments and is neither restrictive nor definitive, but rather a guide to the general range of duties required.