Cancer Nurse (holiday cover)- Cork

This position allows nurses with experience in oncology to choose flexible working hours either because of their domestic circumstances or because they want more variety. Within this position nurses will be within the capacity to gain further experience, new skills while facilitating a possible change in the direction of their career. The successful candidate will be given the opportunity to work within the field of oncology away from the clinical area.

Job Title:  Cancer Nurse (covering annual leave) – Cork

Department: Cancer Support

Reporting to:  Daffodil Centres Manager, Irish Cancer Society & Assistant Director of Nursing/CNM3 in the hospital

Hours of work: To be arranged for each period of cover

Location:  Daffodil Centres in hospitals in Cork

Contract Type:   Fixed term contract

Key Relationships: Irish Cancer Society: Daffodil Centres Manager, Cancer Nurseline Manager and Cancer Support/Services Department. Assistant Director of Nursing/Hospital clinical staff in Surgery/Oncology/Haematology/Palliative Care



The Irish Cancer Society’s vision is for an Ireland where cancer services are world class in terms of; early detection through comprehensive screening programmes, scope and quality of patient care, treatment and support services, equity of access for all regardless of socio-economic group, geographic location or ethnicity and achieving best possible outcomes in respect of cancer survival and quality of life. Our efforts are focused around cancer prevention, survival and quality of life, which will be delivered through programmes of Advocacy, Cancer Services and Research.

The Cancer Support Department incorporates the Cancer Nurseline and cancer information centres known as “The Daffodil Centres” which are situated in Hospitals around Ireland. The Cancer Nurseline encompasses Ireland’s only National Cancer Nurseline (Freefone 1800 200 700) which is a free, non-judgemental and completely confidential telephone service. The telephone service offers information on all aspects of cancer, offering support and guidance. An email information service and a walk-in face-to-face service are offered for anyone with concerns about any aspect of cancer.

Anyone with a question or concern about cancer can visit a Daffodil Centre or call our Cancer Nurseline - cancer patients, but family members and the general public as well. The range of free advice, information and support is broad-based, ranging from:

  • cancer prevention and early detection
  • diagnosis
  • cancer treatments and related side-effects
  • palliative care services
  • support and psychological care
  • practical entitlements and services available.

While the post-holder will be an employee of the Irish Cancer Society he/she will work in the Daffodil Centre located in the hospital (supported by a group of trained volunteers) or in the Cancer Nurseline, based in the Society office.

It is critical that the Cancer Nursemust adhere to general conditions as outlined by the hospital where the Daffodil Centre is based and the Irish Cancer Society in relation to Health and Safety, Infection Control, Uniform Code and adhere to guidelines/requirements in relation to Risk Management, Hygiene Services and Health & Safety. (Full details will be provided upon commencement of employment.)


Key Responsibilities

  • Provide comprehensive cancer information, advice and support to patients, carers, the general public and healthcare professionals. Answering queries about all aspects of cancer (face-to-face, telephone, email and written).
  • Refer clients as appropriate to services within the hospital or elsewhere in line with operational policies of the hospital.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures of both the Hospital and the Daffodil Centre.
  • Work with managers in both the hospital and the Irish Cancer Society to develop and manage the Daffodil Centre, ensuring that it is providing easily accessible and high-quality professional service.
  • Maintain good working relationships with nurses, consultants and other clinical staff involved in the delivery of cancer care within the hospital.
  • Be responsible for maintaining stock levels of up-to-date, high-quality information materials, including Irish Cancer Society materials (booklets/factsheets), which will be displayed in the Daffodil Centre.
  • Comply with hospital/Irish Cancer Society complaints procedure, monitor complaints and provide feedback to managers.
  • In conjunction with the Daffodil Centres Manager, manage volunteers assigned to the Daffodil Centre, ensuring that they are available and maintain a presence, keeping the centre open at the designated times.
  • Document activities of the centre, including statistics on the number and demographics of patients/clients seen, number of telephone/email enquiries and satisfaction with service provided.
  • Maintain a knowledge base on developments in cancer care and of resources/services for cancer patients, particularly in the catchment area.



  • Be aware of HSE/Irish Cancer Society & other campaigns events, which may lead to an increased number of enquires on a specific issue.
  • The list of duties in this job description is not exhaustive and is intended to outline the main activities of the post holder. Duties and responsibilities may be subject to change taking into account the development needs of the service.


Person Specification

  • Registered General Nurse
  • Active status on the register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
  • Post registration qualification in cancer nursing (minimum of diploma level qualification)
  • Three years recent experience in cancer nursing
  • The clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role
  • Excellent communication skills with a demonstrated interest in this area
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Team player with ability to work independently as required
  • Diplomatic and tactful with the ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office)
  • Demonstrated evidence of continuing professional development at the appropriate level


HOW TO APPLY:  If you are interested in applying for this position, please send curriculum vitae and cover letter including current remuneration package to:  Recruitment – HR Department, Irish Cancer Society, 43/45 Northumberland Rd., Dublin 4. Email:

The Irish Cancer Society is an equal opportunities employer.