John Paul Unit
John Paul Unit is a twenty six bed respiratory/medical unit located on 2nd floor of Galway Clinic.
CNM 2: Clare Mitchell 091 785393
CNM 1: Louise Barrett 091 785393
Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist: Marianne McQuaid-Kelly
Each member of staff on the ward will contribute to the patient’s care and well-being, utilising a team approach. It is our responsibility to assist the patient with activities of daily living that he/she would carry out independently, if they were capable.
The philosophy and vision we have on John Paul is to provide a holistic approach to caring that encompasses the physical, psychological, spiritual, emotional well-being of the patients. To achieve this we encourage good communication and foster team work with members of the multi-disciplinary team.
We diagnose and treat patients who are having difficulty with their breathing either asleep or awake. Some common conditions patients may suffer from include asthma, emphysema and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). John Paul cares for patients with diverse medically orientated problems, included problems are – Endocrine, Cardiac, Digestive and problems associated with the aging process.
The Role of the Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist
The Respiratory Nurse Specialist’s role is to provide a service to patients suffering with respiratory diseases. This service involves a strong clinical focus where an initial assessment is carried out which allows the CNS to identify patient’s individual needs. Working in partnership with the ward staff, recommendations for a plan of care are then established. The patient’s assessment and plan of care is then documented on Meditech .Once a plan of care have been established, the CNS continues to review patients, depending on their needs. Other aspects of the role include providing education to both patients and their families on their disease and the management of their disease including their treatment plans.
The CNS is available as a resource for all nursing staff and other members of the multi- disciplinary team caring for patients with respiratory diseases. This ensures that our patients receive the best possible evidence-based practice here at the Galway Clinic. A review of current polices and the introduction of new hospital policies enables us, as an organisation, to continue to achieve this. As new policies are developed and implemented, education and training is provided.
Other aspects of the role include developing and performing audits throughout the Galway Clinic. As a joint commission International accredited organisation, continued evaluation of the care we provide to our patients and service users is of extremely high importance. It enables us as healthcare professionals, to measure our care and the service we provide as an organisation, against established best practice standards.
Marianne McQuaid-Kelly RGN, HDip, MSC