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Associate Charge Nurse Manager - Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation (Mental Health)

  • Work within supportive and innovative multi-disciplinary team and environment.
  • Clinical leadership role for an experienced RN in Mental Health and/or Intellectual Disability, with current APC.
  • Must either hold or be working towards a relevant post graduate qualification.
  • This is a full time fixed-term position for 6 months.

Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

The Team: What we do

Canterbury DHB Forensic Intellectual Disability (ID) Unit is on a continuous journey of innovation and evolution of delivering the best possible care to our tāngata whaiora (consumers). Here, we are focusing on long-term rehabilitation of our tāngata whaiora to discover and develop their strengths towards optimum health and potential placement back into a residential setting.

Our new state of the art Forensic ID wing is due to open soon and will provide a more individualised environment for our tāngata whaiora that would closer mimic a community sense of living. We are also implementing a more advanced model of care to align with that environment to deliver better outcomes and experiences to our tāngata whaiora and their whanau.

As a result, we are now looking for an experienced Registered Nurse with intellectual disability and mental health experience with passion and interest in the Forensic Intellectual Disability setting who can bring fresh ideas to our team and help us to deliver on this vision.

The Role: Where you fit in

We aim to be a leader in New Zealand for the delivery of intellectual disability health services. We have career opportunities for applicants keen to work in an innovative and best practice environment.

In this professional and clinical leadership role, you will effectively contribute to the ongoing development of nursing practice and the professional nursing workforce within the service. The role has a function that is both clinical and operational, therefore you will have excellent clinical credibility as well as an ability to ensure the operational objectives are carried out in line with the CDHB vision.

The core function of the role is to assist and support the Charge Nurse Manager and Clinical Nurse Specialist in ensuring professional standards of nursing are upheld and practiced within the ward environment.

  • Within the ward environment, the ACNM is tasked with rostering and staff allocation, coordinate staffing and nursing care, as well as being the direct point of contact for staff requiring clinical guidance and provide direction in service processes.
  • While this role does not involve managing or overseeing a budget, you will work closely with the Charge Nurse Manager on any activity that could be affecting budgets (e.g. reports on overtime).
  • With your proven ability to lead, you will be an expert at developing and extending nursing practice, assisting the clinical leadership team with performance appraisals, auditing, and quality improvement. As such, you will strive to ensure the overall provision of quality nursing care for consumers.
  • As a positive role model, you will be highly motivated with excellent communication skills and have the ability to build successful relationships within the service.

This is a 1fte role, fixed-term for 6 months with some weekend cover required.

Ideal applicants expressing their interest in these positions will:

  • Have or be working towards a relevant post graduate qualification.
  • Have an extensive background in mental health and intellectual disability nursing.
  • Demonstrate experience in managing and overseeing workloads in a busy clinical environments.
  • Be a Registered Nurse with previous mental health and intellectual disability experience, and current Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) with the Intellectual Disability and/or Mental Health Scope
  • Be compassionate and empathetic clinical professional while having a clear understanding of tangata whaiora boundaries that apply within mental health services.
  • Have strong interpersonal, verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Have an ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment, tāngata whaiora and their behaviour
  • Have an ability to work within multi-disciplinary team, providing clear instructions and delegating appropriately as required

Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi

Putting people at the heart of all we do

Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity.

Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

The Canterbury DHB believes that diversity and inclusion is key to ensure we deliver the best care for our diverse population. The Canterbury DHB is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.

Applications are only accepted online so please visit our website at complete an application.

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