Agency Nursing: Why now?

Well here we are again at the start of a New Year bringing with it the prospect of new beginnings and endless possibilities for the year ahead. Many people use this time to start fresh and turn over a new leaf in many aspects of their life. I’m sure many of you (myself included) have a long list of New Year’s resolutions such as eat healthier or travel to a desired dream destination! If you have also penned ‘career change’ on this list and you are working in the Healthcare Industry, agency work might be the perfect direction for your next career move.

Agency work has a number of benefits, especially if you are embarking on a new career path.

Why Agency Nursing?



You decide when you are available to work as well as the times when you work e.g.  nights, full days or short days. This is particularly useful when you are a working parent or looking to wind down in your career, as you are no longer chained to a strict timetable. You’re in control.


You get to pick exactly where you want to work. It is your prerogative if you don’t want to go to a particular facility type or location, based on your preferences.  For example, if you want to cut your commute, you can choose to only work in facilities in your area.


As you can decide to work in many different sites, valuable experience can be gained in different settings such as Intellectual Disability, Care of the Elderly and Psychiatric as well as Acute. This range of experience is something that you wouldn’t get if you were limited to one hospital or care facility.

Plenty of Opportunities

As a result of the HSE Contract implemented from the 1st of September 2017, Cpl Healthcare are now supplying to all Hospitals in the HSE regardless of location or category of staff. This means that anyone who wishes to work with Cpl Healthcare in any location in Ireland can do so.

There is currently a huge demand for all Agency Nursing disciplines in sites across Ireland. Some of the ‘hotspots’ for opportunities we have available at the moment include;

  • General Nursing– Dublin, Portlaoise, Waterford, Tipperary, Cork, Kerry
  • Psychiatric Nursing– Waterford and Tipperary
  • Midwifery- South Dublin and Cork
  • Children’s Nursing– North Dublin
  • Homecare Cases– Nationwide
  • Community Nursing -Dublin and Nationwide

If you are interested in Agency work and the area or location of your interest is not listed above, please contact our Recruitment Team who will be able to discuss the numerous other opportunities and locations available.

To start your journey with Cpl Healthcare and tick one resolution off your list for 2018, contact our dedicated team of recruiters now on 014825444 or via email at

We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve your goals for 2018.

Are you a nurse or midwife thinking of coming home?

It wasn’t easy leaving home but it can also be hard to make the decision to come home. I myself left Ireland twice for nursing opportunities abroad. Coming home will always be in the back of your mind but, like myself, most of you probably left due to limited opportunities in Ireland. The good news is, this has completely changed over the past couple of years.

Home was always my end goal and my reason for actually returning home came in the form of further education opportunities. Whatever the reason, if you’re considering a move home, there are plenty of reasons why now is the right time!

Why now?

  • Most hospitals now offer relocation allowances for nurses and midwives, which makes moving home more financially manageable. Relocating and the associated costs can be an expensive business, meaning that a helping hand can make it more appealing!
  • We NEED you! You left and brought your expertise with you, now you can bring the knowledge you gained abroad back to us. Come home and implement change in Irish hospitals. Large-scale recruitment drives have been taking place over the last couple of years and nursing jobs and midwifery jobs are in demand across a variety of settings.
  • More specialist nursing and midwifery roles are continually being created across various settings, offering opportunities for you to become an expert in your field of interest. Currently we have vacancies for General Nurses, Children’s Nurses, Intellectual Disability Nurses and Psychiatric Nurses.
  • Skype is now regularly used for interviews by many employers so you may not even have to travel home to interview, making applying for jobs in Ireland a lot less hassle and a lots more feasible.
  • I hate to mention the ‘P’ word as you may be a long way off retirement but unfortunately, ‘pensions’ are something we all need to consider! If you are hoping for your full Irish pension, you need to start your contributions early on!
  • Increments! You may have been out of the Irish health care service for some time but your experience nursing abroad is counted towards your incremental scale, even agency work, as long as you can provide verifications of service from your employers. Your increments go up annually and the current HSE Salary scale can be viewed here.
  • No more care packages of Barry’s tea, Tayto or Penney’s socks. You will have all your Irish favourites right at your door step!

How easy is it?

To make the process as simple as possible, here are a few points to consider when relocating;

  • Do you need to register/reactivate your NMBI? This can take time, so the sooner you start the process the better!
  • Where in the country do you want to work? Where are the opportunities? What position do you want? You can join our nursing agency and work where you want, when you want. You will be paid as per HSE salary scales, and yes your experience is recognised!
  • When are you hoping to relocate home? Think about the notice period to your current employer, time to relocate, find accommodation etc. Try to factor this in when interviewing to let your prospective employer know a realistic time frame for starting, this will also reduce the stress in relocating!
  • Be sure your CV is up to date and includes any Nurse work experience you have received abroad. Experience in a different environment and even more in a different language setting will give you an advantage in interview.

If you are thinking about returning home and want to find out about what opportunities are out there, contact myself at or call +35314825429. Just think… no more Kerry Gold Butter and Denny’s sausages getting seized at the border!

Find your next nursing job at home

Cpl Healthcare win at the NRF Awards

On Friday night, December 1st, we attended the 11th annual NRF Awards to celebrate the year’s best of the best in the Recruitment industry. Cpl Healthcare is delighted to have picked up the award for Best in Practice in Healthcare.

It’s been a big year for Cpl Healthcare, with the launch of our new website, and the successful Big Nurse Switch campaign following the HSE Tender win.

To conclude a wonderful year, Managing Director, Niall McDevitt picked up the Best in Practice award for Healthcare, making it our third win at the NRF. Speaking of the award, Niall said that he was delighted their hard work had been recognised. This was a great team effort and one we are extremely proud of and delighted to have won.

Want to join an award winning Agency?


3 reasons why you’re not getting the Pharmacy Interviews you want

Whether you are a newly qualified Pharmacy graduate or a more experienced Pharmacist looking to move up the career ladder, looking for a job can cause a great deal of stress. Often, people stay in their jobs due to the simple fact that they don’t want to go through the change process – which can be long and drawn out, not to mention the fear factor of leaving their comfort zone.

From my own personal experience, I see lots of Pharmacy jobseekers go through this stress when considering a job change. I never tell people that making that change is easy, but if you have the desire and willingness to succeed and are ready to fight for it, then you can make it happen. If you’re struggling then it could be down to one, or all, of these common job hunting mistakes:

  1. You’re not networking

 Are you networking? If your answer is no, then why not? Not all jobs are advertised so sometimes, you have go beyond the daily flick through the job boards and think how can you find the pharmacy job you want.

Just because a website lists ‘no current vacancies at present’ it doesn’t mean that there aren’t opportunities available. By networking you will build your own professional network and connect with people who may be able to introduce you to people who are currently working for your organisation of choice.

Start by attending an event that the organisation is linked to, where you can network with other delegates. If the event in question is too expensive to get into, then look to volunteer at it. Talk to your past and present colleagues, previous lecturers and you will find that someone somewhere will possibly be the connection you need that will get you closer to your dream job.

You could also try writing a series of blogs. In doing this, you can showcase your knowledge to your network. If you don’t try and put yourself, your work and your experience out there then your dream job may just remain a dream and never become a reality.

  1. Your CV lets you down

Most people assume that one CV will suffice for all positions that they are applying for. This is 100% incorrect and is probably why you are not getting called for the Pharmacy Job interviews you want. Why would the one CV work for all the vacancies that you apply for?

If you are applying for a Hospital Pharmacy position but your CV is tailored towards Community Pharmacy, then this isn’t going to come across well to the hiring manager who is reviewing your CV.

You MUST target the correct area of practice, otherwise it will result in you falling at the first hurdle. If you need advice on your CV, talk to your recruiter. If you don’t have a recruiter then get one. They are experts in this field. As the saying goes ‘you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression’.

  1. Your job search isn’t proactive

It’s easy to spot a job online, attach a CV and click submit. In doing so many people tend to send their CV off for more vacancies than they are really interested in and fail to pay enough attention to detail.

We are all busy which is why it can be difficult when applying for a new opportunity, but if you fail to put the time and effort in, then how can you expect to get a job out of it! In my experience, if you’re proactive and do the following simple things you’ll get results:

  • Choose 2/3 vacancies that you really interested in and focus on these
  • Pay attention to spelling mistakes in your cover letter
  • Avoid using the wrong address or marking the cover letter to “To whom it may concern.” Instead identify the hiring manager’s name or the HR contact and then address the cover letter for their attention

If your feeling particularly fearless you could even ask for a job interview, again this can be done via contacting the hiring manager directly. After all, if you don’t ask you won’t get! Yes, it takes you out of your comfort zone but if you get the reward you want, then it will be well worth the time invested.

If you carefully plan and implement a strategic approach to your job search while ensuring to address these 3 points, you can and should get the Pharmacy job interviews you want. The market is extremely competitive across the Pharmacy sector but if you follow this advice, you’ll make finding your dream Pharmacy job a lot less stressful.

Interested in a new Pharmacy job?

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Make The Big Nurse Switch – Nationwide Open Day

Are you an Agency Nurse looking for access to all HSE facilities in Ireland?

Cpl Healthcare are inviting Agency Nurses to our offices in Dublin, Cork, Kildare & Galway on Tuesday 21st November to meet with our experienced Recruitment Consultants to discuss:

  • Your Career opportunities
  • Agency Work available in your area

Cpl Healthcare/Servisource are now the Largest Healthcare Agency in Ireland and the Approved Agency Nurse Provider to the HSE. This means that we have access to First Choice Shifts in a variety of Healthcare facilities across the country. For the full list see here.

Open Day Details

Date: Tuesday, 21st November
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Office Locations:
  • Dublin: 8-34 Percy Place, Dublin 4
  • Cork: 11 Anglesea Street, Cork city
  • Galway: 19 Dockgate, Merchants Road, Galway city
  • Kildare: Unit F&G, Wolfe Tone Street, Naas

Please bring your most up to date CV with you on the day.

If you have already completed a Cpl Healthcare application form, please bring it along with you. If you have already sent back your application form but are missing some other documents, please bring those too so we can get you set up and working as soon as possible!

To register your interest in attending contact or just come along on the day!

We look forward to seeing you there!


6 ways to overcome job interview anxiety

It is impossible not to suffer from some anxiety when going for a job interview, amplified even more when the interview is for your dream job. So, what can we do to manage this stress?

First, accept that being nervous is normal, especially if you’ve been job hunting for a while. The day you least expect to get the phone call is the day you find out it’s time for interview. Here are some simple ways to prepare and ease any fears.

  • Prepare for questions about the company

This shows you’re interested, enthusiastic and will help reduce any anxiety over unexpected company related questions. For example, when interviewing for a hospital, you should know how many beds there are, what departments there are and anything that differentiates the hospital.

  • Know yourself

Get to know yourself better as you will be asked about your strengths and weaknesses. Ensure you’re comfortable with your answers and that they reflect both your soft skills and skills related to the job spec.

An essential strength for a Nurse would be empathy or compassion, which you should explain through a time where you demonstrated it. Backing it up with a story will prove much more valuable.

  • Practice makes perfect

Do a mock interview with a friend or family member in the run up to the big day. Prepare for questions like “Why did you become a Nurse?” and “Why would you like to work for this hospital?”

This will help you to grow accustomed to answering certain types of questions and make you feel more confident on the day.

  • Go in with a positive attitude

A good attitude and enthusiasm for the job will always help you in interview. There is no need to memorise your answers or follow a specific script. Your interviewer wants to get to know you as a person – not the perfectly rehearsed candidate you are pretending to be.

  • Do something other than interview prep

Take some exercise in the build up to the interview. Regular exercise can improve your memory and thinking skills. This will help you feel more relaxed while doing an interview and your thoughts will be more organised.

  • Breath!

One of the best was to relax is through your breathing. If you feel anxious or nervous during the interview, concentrate on deep and slow breathing.

Try to reduce your natural acceleration by speaking slowly and listening carefully to the questions. Focus on what you are being asked and take a few seconds before rushing to respond.

Above all, don’t forget that an interview is just a conversation with another person like you! When you are prepared, knowledgeable and positive, the experience becomes a lot less intimidating.

If you have any questions or want some further tips on preparing an interview, then please get in touch at or call me on +353 91 507527

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