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Associate Charge Nurse Manager - South Inpatient Unit

  • 0.94 FTE, fixed term position (ending 22/01/2022), working on a 4 on 2 off roster pattern
  • Clinical leadership role for an experienced registered nurse in Mental Health, with current APC
  • Must either hold or be working towards a relevant post graduate qualification

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

Te Awakura is a 64 bed adult acute inpatient unit that provides 24 hour care for consumers with mental illness. Our model of care focuses on integrated multidisciplinary teams, providing excellent care for consumers in the least restrictive manner. There are four wards that form Te Awakura: North, East, South and West. South Ward, comprising of a 16 bed unit within Te Awakura, services the South side of Christchurch. We pride ourselves on being inclusive with our consumers and their whanau. We work in a least restrictive model providing high quality care and put a strong emphasis on partnership and kindness.

The Role: Where you fit in

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.

  • You will provide specific, ward-based nursing leadership and clinical support on morning and afternoon shifts. You will promote a high standard of consistent professional nursing practice that is contemporary and patient focused.
  • With your proven ability to lead, you will be an expert at developing and extending nursing practice, assisting with performance appraisals, auditing, quality improvement and providing overall clinical expertise and mentorship within the team, to enable them to continue to deliver a high standard of care.
  • 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.
  • Working collaboratively with the Charge Nurse Manager, Clinical Nurse Specialist and nursing staff you will strive to ensure the overall provision of quality nursing care for our service users.
  • You will either hold or be working towards a relevant post graduate qualification.
  • Must be registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand, with Mental Health Scope and current APC.
  • This is a fixed term, 0.94 FTE position, ending 22/01/2022.

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.

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Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now!