New Tallaght Hospital Director of Nursing delighted to rejoin team
By Mary Dennehy
AFTER 18 years working in Tallaght Hospital, Aine Lynch moved on from the local health facility to work as the HSE’s nursing and midwifery planning and development officer.
However, her connection to Tallaght Hospital was unbreakable and after a short time away she has returned to take on the post of Director of Nursing.
Based in Tallaght Hospital since it opened its doors in 1998, Aine spent 18 years working in several positions at Tallaght Hospital including a Clinical Nurse Manager in trauma orthopaedics, Clinical Facilitator in orthopaedic nursing and Nurse Practice Development Co-ordinator in adult services.
Last year Aine left the local hospital to pursue a career as Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Officer with the HSE, later holding the role of Interim Director at the Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit.
However, she is now back on home soil to take on the role of Director of Nursing at Tallaght Hospital.
According to Aine: “I am very happy to re-join the team at Tallaght Hospital, it is a great place to work. It maintains a strong focus on ‘people caring for people.
“As a result, staff members consistently seek to ensure that they care for patients in the best way possible.”
Tallaght Hospital has a team of more than 1,000 nurses, which is made up of more than 18 different nationalities.
Since 2015, the hospital has increased its nurses by 16 per cent, that’s an additional 163 nurses in the past 18 months.
Tallaght Hospital has also retained more than 90 per cent of its student nurses who graduated in both 2015 and 2016, many of whom are from local communities.
“Our nursing staff numbers is a real success story and is down to a really focused recruitment campaign”, Aine said.
“The increase we have experienced here in Tallaght Hospital is in this climate unheard of and we are also managing to keep the majority of our student nurses when they graduate, which is a huge success story for both Tallaght Hospital and the local community as a lot of our graduating nurses are living locally.”
Commenting on Aine’s new post, David Slevin, Tallaght Hospital CEO, said: “I am delighted to welcome Aine back to Tallaght Hospital to take the reins from our outgoing Director of Nursing, Hilary Daly.
“I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Hilary for her loyal service and the great leadership she has shown in this role.
“We’re very grateful for her contribution and wish her well for the future.
“Looking forward, I’m confident that Aine’s experience and expertise will greatly benefit and support the nursing team at Tallaght Hospital who work tirelessly every day to ensure our patients are cared for to the highest standards.”