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Associate Charge Nurse Manager - Te Whare Manaaki

  • Expression of interest for Associate Charge Nurse Manager permanent positions within the forensic mental health service
  • Clinical leadership role for RNs experienced in Mental Health, with current APC
  • Must either hold or be working towards a relevant post graduate diploma

Mō te tūnga - About the role

This is an exciting step for a dedicated and motivated nurse who is eager to take the next step within clinical leadership. As a role model within the service you will find yourself engaging with nursing staff and members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure effective relationships are developed and maintained. The forensic service provides specialist care for people who, as a result of mental illness, have seriously offended or are assessed as high risk for serious offending.

Priding itself on a sustained commitment to quality improvement, the Forensic Mental Health Service is a fulfilling and dynamic environment with opportunities to further your knowledge and expertise. We are looking for expressions of interest for three Associate Charge Nurse Managers to join the Forensic mental health service, working a rotating (four day on/ two day off) roster of morning and afternoon shifts.

Pehea - About you

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. This 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 Canterbury DHB vision.

As a positive role model, you will be working collaboratively with the Charge Nurse Manager, Clinical Nurse Specialist and nursing staff to promote a high standard of consistent, professional nursing practice that is contemporary, and patient focused. Along 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 that will enable them to continue to deliver a high standard of care.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako - Skills and experience

In order to be successful in this role, the following is required:

  • Registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand with a current APC and mental health scope
  • Extensive experience working within any area of mental health
  • Have a relevant post graduate qualification, or be on the pathway to securing one
  • Possess a depth of clinical nursing knowledge and leadership ability
  • Self-motivated, flexible and solutions-focused
  • Be an excellent communicator and a natural people person
  • Impeccable time-management skills and process driven
  • The ability to work autonomously and within a team

Mō mātou - About us

Specialist Mental Health Services are an interdisciplinary team that forms part of the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB). We are committed to working and partnering with tāngata whaiora and their whanau. Constantly striving to work within our philosophy; we develop therapeutic, supportive and empowering relationships with our consumers, enabling them to achieve their personal goals and aspirations.

Tono ināianei - Apply now

Please submit your most recent resume along with a cover letter stating why you believe that you are the ideal candidate for the role highlighting any skills you have gained along the way.

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

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

Health disclaimer

The role that you are applying for is one that may only be performed by a person who has been vaccinated against Covid-19. It is therefore a condition of this application that you are vaccinated against Covid-19. As a person working in the health sector you will come into contact with a large number of people, some of whom are likely vulnerable. Without a vaccine, there is a higher risk that you may contract Covid-19. The requirement to be vaccinated is to keep you safe and to endeavour to protect others against the potential transmission of Covid-19.