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Charge Nurse Manager

Ward 9b Acute/Intensive Care Inpatient

Wakari Hospital

  • Take the next step in your career
  • Permanent, full-time (1.0 FTE) (Monday-Friday)

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.

About the team

Ward 9B based at Wakari Hospital is a busy locked 15 bed inpatient facility with a dedicated staff. The service caters to clients that have been assessed as requiring a period of increased assessment, investigations and/or interventions and have been admitted via community teams or the Emergency Psychiatric Service, and cover of all the major psychiatric diagnoses.

About the role / About you

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a suitably experienced and skilled Registered Nurse to join the Ward 9b team in the Charge Nurse manager role.

The successful applicant will demonstrate high levels of clinical skill. They will show a clear understanding of the principles underpinning mental health and addiction assessment and treatment and provide effective management and strong but collaborative leadership to the team. Previous management and clinical leadership experience is desirable but not essential.

Key accountabilities of this role include but are not limited to the following:

  • Clinical Leadership of the service: fostering a culture that strives for excellence in clinical service provision within allocated resources
  • Service Planning and Delivery: leading and managing the service to provide efficient and effective services, and participating in and leading service planning
  • Staff Management and Recruitment: Developing a cohesive and productive team
  • Financial Management of the service
  • Quality and Risk Management of the service

The Charge Nurse Manager will be Registered Nurse, with a current APC - and have a minimum of five years recent experience in working within a mental health sector, with the ability to practice in New Zealand; will have a relevant post graduate qualification, and proven success in leadership in health related environment, which will complement their experience in, and knowledge of clinical quality, safety and best practice.

Due to the natural challenges that come with a position that sees you managing staff across a range of professional disciplines it is essential that you have exceptional communication and conflict resolution skills in this role. You must be IT savvy and enjoy the coordination of individuals and groups.

Closing date: Sunday, 12 December 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

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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)

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker. If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to undertake your first vaccination before you commence work and be fully vaccinated, as required by the order, by 1 January 2022.