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Associate Charge Nurse Manager

Ward 6C, Mental Health for Older People

Dunedin Hospital

  • Nursing Leadership Opportunity in Mental Health
  • Permanent, full-time opportunity

About the Southern DHB

Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) exists to support everyone across our district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities.

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

About the team

Mental Health Service for Older People (MHSOP) based at Dunedin Hospital provide support and care to people 65+ who are experiencing mental health along with physical health issues.

The role

The Mental Health for Older Persons Service at Dunedin Hospital is seeking an experienced Registered Nurse to join their team as the Associate Charge Nurse Manager (ACNM). The role requires knowledge of mental health and older person's physical health issues as well as guiding and supporting the delivery of safe patient focused care in settings where both mental health and physical assessments and interventions are an essential component.

Within this role you will assist the Charge Nurse Manager (CNM) with the day to day operational management of ward functions, including coordination of admissions, discharges and transfers and nursing input.

A key aspect of this position is to act as a role model to nursing and support staff as well as ongoing communication with other members of the multidisciplinary clinical team. The ACNM assists the CNM to provide clinical leadership, monitors and mitigates risk, engages in quality initiatives, coordinates resources to meet the identified needs of patients and team members ensuring delivery of safe patient centred/focussed care.

A close working relationship with the CNM will be essential as will establishing good professional working relationships with other staff on the unit and with people from services that have contact with the ward.

About you

With a minimum of five years' post registration within a mental health setting you will also have post graduate qualifications (relevant to mental health), at a minimum a diploma, but preferably a Master Degree (or working towards). It is also expected that you will have achieved/or be working towards PDRP Level 4 Expert Nurse.

We are looking for a positive and confident registered nurse who has the drive and enthusiasm; you will be a respected professional in your own right, and an exceptional team member with strong communication skills.

If you think you have the ability to undertake this role within this busy dynamic service then this may be the opportunity for you.

All employees of the Southern District Health Board working with in Mental Health Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services are expected to demonstrate a commitment to 'The Seven Real Skills' (Te Pou Workforce Development,

Please note that we are only able to consider your application if you have the following:

  • Are currently Registered with the New Zealand Nursing Council
  • Have a current APC with a scope of practice that allows you to work in Mental Health
  • Have current eligibility (citizenship, residency or work visa) to live and work in New Zealand

The location

A lifestyle that is hard to beat! Dunedin is a wonderful place for families, with great educational facilities (primary through tertiary), competitive cost of living and outstanding recreational opportunities. Some of New Zealand's most famous national parks, ski-fields and wineries are within easy driving distance.With beautiful scenery and loads of attractions right on your doorstep there is always something do.

Whether it's surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art - there's literally something for everyone. Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

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Closing date: Monday, 27 September, 2021.

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here: Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5769 or email:

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous public service departments and statutory Crown entities only)