In partnership with The Asthma Society of Ireland, COPD Support Ireland are seeking a CNM2 for the COPD and Asthma Advicelines.

Adviceline Nurse Job Spec 2021 pdf

Title: CNM2 Grade Adviceline Respiratory Nurse

Location: All staff are currently working remotely due to Government COVID-19 guidance but thereafter will be required to work between Leopardstown (COPD Support Ireland head office) and Dublin City Centre (Asthma Society of Ireland head office)

Hours: Full Time (39 hours/ week)

Salary: Available on request.

Closing Date: 26/04/2021

The Adviceline Respiratory Nurse will possess a post graduate qualification in respiratory nursing and will have a minimum of two years in respiratory clinical practice ideally in a Respiratory MDT setting such as outreach, integrated care or pulmonary rehabilitation. You will also have at least two years of experience in chronic disease management. This role will have a primary focus on the COPD Adviceline provision and development, with additional Asthma Adviceline service provision as a secondary focus.

The function of the Adviceline Nurse is to provide evidence-based, disease specific advice and information to individuals and/or carers of people with COPD and/or asthma. This service is provided to adults and carers of those with COPD and/or asthma. You will be required to respond to all enquiries in a timely manner, Monday to Friday and according to the operational guideline / policies of the ASI and adhering to the NMBI Nurse Code of Conduct, to ensure the highest standards of nursing are being maintained and professional responsibilities in caring for patients are implemented in a safe, ethical, and effective way. It is the responsibility of the nurse to familiarise themselves with the NMBI Nursing Code of Conduct. The nurse must be on the current NMBI live register. The nurse will operate within their scope of practice and will have yearly evidence of CPD continuing education.


  • To improve the quality of life of people living with COPD and asthma through empowerment, support, disease specific education and self-management education.
  • To provide easily accessible support, education, and information to people with COPD and asthma to help them to better understand and manage their disease.
  • To empower people to self-manage their COPD and asthma and to self-advocate in their interactions with healthcare professionals and services.
  • To sign-post and connect people with appropriate local services, resources, and materials such as local support groups, exercise programmes, living well programmes, smoking cessation services and mental health resources.
  • To encourage people to look after their general health and well-being by encouraging smoking cessation, physical activity, promoting vaccinations and self-management strategies.
  • To provide information and resources to members on an on-going basis through the ASI and COPDSI member networks. Each patient/caller to receive a relevant information pack by post/email.



  • i) Be registered in the relevant Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) or be entitled to be so registered.


  • ii) Have at least 5 years post registration experience, with a minimum of two years in respiratory clinical practice. You will also have at least two years’ experience in chronic disease management.


  • iii) Demonstrate evidence of continuous professional development.


b) Possess the requisite knowledge and ability including a high standard of suitability and clinical, managerial, and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role.


Post Specific Requirements

  • An in-depth knowledge of the role of the Nurse within chronic respiratory disease management
  • In-depth knowledge of the pathophysiology of COPD and asthma.
  • The ability to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the patient with COPD and/or asthma including taking an accurate history of their respiratory condition and presenting problems.
  • The ability to formulate a plan of care.
  • In-depth knowledge of the HSE patient support tools developed by NCP Respiratory for both COPD and asthma.
  • Experience and interest in promoting and teaching COPD and asthma self-management strategies.
  • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • An active interest in creating a strong patient relationship using the Adviceline as an interventional tool to support chronic respiratory disease management.
  • Experience of working within a Respiratory multidisciplinary team and ideally some experience in Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
  • A motivated self-starter comfortable with decision making and seeing opportunities to drive and grow the service.
  • Awareness & promotion of the HSE patient support tools developed by the National Clinical Programme Respiratory.
  • Must be computer literate – Word, Excel, PPP and familiar with CRM reporting systems.



  • To be proficient and expert in the areas of COPD and asthma management.
  • To encourage people to look after their general health and well-being by encouraging smoking cessation, physical activity, promoting vaccinations and teaching self-management strategies.
  • Provide specialist self-management education including, sputum clearance, relaxation, breathing control, exercise and breathlessness management techniques.
  • Identify and promote specific symptom management strategies as well as the identification of triggers which may cause exacerbation of symptoms. Provide patients with appropriate self-management strategies and escalation/de-escalation plans.
  • Identify health promotion priorities for the patient, family and/or carer and support patient self-care in line with best evidence and utilising principles laid out by MECC (Make Every Contact Count). This will include the provision of educational and health promotion material, which is comprehensive, easy to understand and meets patients’ needs.
  • Maintain clinical competence in patient management within COPD and asthma respiratory nursing, keeping up to date with relevant research to ensure the implementation of evidence- based practice.
  • Provide the patient, family and/or carer with appropriate information and other supportive interventions to increase their knowledge, skill, and confidence in managing their respiratory conditions.
  • Contribute to the design, development and implementation of education programmes and resources for the patient, family and/or carer in relation to COPD and asthma thus empowering them to manage their own condition independently and autonomously.
  • To report all patient consultations on Salesforce in a professional and ethical manner.
  • To respond to queries in a supportive and timely manner, ensuring caller dignity and maintaining confidentiality and anonymity as appropriate.
  • To ensure the information provided to callers is from evidence based clinical sources, in line with IMNO best practice as well as national and international best practice guidelines.
  • To recommend and support the development of additional COPD Support Ireland and Asthma Society of Ireland services and products such as articles, booklets, devices, clinics etc.
  • To triage patients and escalate medical intervention in an expedient and professional manner when required through communication with the patient’s healthcare team.
    Keep informed of, support and participate in campaigns, events and promotional activities of COPD Support Ireland and the Asthma Society of Ireland as needed

The function of the Adviceline Nurse role is to provide evidence based clinical advice, information and education to individuals and/or carers of people with COPD and asthma. In addition to your hours-of- service provision, you are required to attend evaluation meetings monthly/every six weeks – Learning Team Meetings (LTMs). These meetings (LTMs) will take place in the Asthma Society of Ireland’s Office, Amiens Street or the COPD Support Ireland Office, Leopardstown, Dublin 18.

You are required to attend educational meetings/symposia to maintain and continue your education as required in all aspects of nursing and HCP professional development and to keep up to date with national and local resources available to support those living with Chronic Disease.

You are required to be flexible in this position as other responsibilities within your skill set, may be assigned to you in addition to or outside your normal duties as the service requires.



If you are interested in applying for the role, please send a cover letter and an up-to date CV, by email to


26th April 2021.

Please note, interviews will take place week Friday 30th April