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Associate Charge Nurse Manager

Associate Charge Nurse Manager / Senior Nursing role

Dunedin Hospital

  • Nursing Leadership Opportunity in Mental Health, Dunedin
  • Permanent 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week)

Do you have a drive to motivating and encouraging others within a team? Are you looking for the next challenge in your mental health nursing career?

Join the supportive team where each day will be different and challenging.

About the team

Covering multiple teams Emergency Psychiatric Service (EPS), Community Day Programmes (CDP), Consultation Liaison Service (CL), Crisis Respite, Psychiatric Records (PR), the DAMHS office and Co-Response Team no two days are the same.

Emergency Psychiatric Service provides around the clock urgent assessments and interventions for consumers of all ages. Community Programmes is a mental health service based at Dunedin Hospital providing recovery focused group programmes for adults with a wide range of moderate to severe mental health issues, living within the community.

The role

This newly created position will see you provide support as the Associate Charge Nurse Manage (ACNM) in a 1.0 FTE with a strong clinical component including participation in the delivery of group based programmes. Assisting the Charge Nurse Manager (CNM) with the day to day operational and management of functions across the teams.

We are seeking an experienced Registered Nurse to join the team as the ACNM. 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/focused care.

The successful candidate will be required to become knowledgeable and gain experience in privacy legislation, Mental Health Act (MHA) legislation and more. You will support the CNM in providing specialist advice to the whole MHAID service on matters relating to privacy, releasing health information and the storage and disposal issues.

A close working relationship with the CNM will be essential as will establishing good professional working relationships with other staff in the team and with people from within the wider sector.

About you

With a minimum of five years'; post registration experience within a mental health setting you will also have post graduate qualifications (relevant to mental health), at a minimum a PG cert, 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. The successful candidate will have a sound understanding of mental health both operationally and clinically.

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, see

Please note that we are only able to consider your application if you 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. To find out more about living here please click the following link:

There’s literally something for everyone.

Now is a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move! The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is 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. It's a great place with a great lifestyle.

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.

We are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 350,000 located South of the Waitaki River. Our catchment area encompasses Invercargill City, Queenstown - Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin City. This means Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand's health boards.

Closing date: Wednesday 6 October 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 5769or 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)