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Charge Nurse Manager - Te Whare Manaaki

  • 1 FTE permanent role available
  • Clinical and operational leadership role for an experienced registered nurse in Mental Health with current APC
  • Must either hold or be working towards a relevant post graduate diploma

Mō te tūnga | About the role

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a senior Registered Nurse to take the step into a Charge Nurse Manager role alongside and leading a team of Associate Charge Nurse Managers, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and nursing and support staff. The forensic mental health service provides specialist care for tāngata whaiora (consumers) who, as a result of mental illness, have seriously offended or are assessed as high risk for serious offending. This key position involves managing the operational and clinical functions of a clinical inpatient unit working in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary teams across the Specialist Mental Health Service. You will have excellent clinical skills, as well as an ability to ensure financial and operational objectives are carried out in line with the Canterbury DHB vision.

Bring your expertise and enthusiasm to a dynamic and cohesive team that strives to make a real difference case managing individuals to discover and develop their strengths towards optimum health and potential placement into a residential setting.

Pehea | About You

As the new Charge Nurse Manager, you will be an enthusiastic, experienced and dynamic senior registered Nurse, who has the desire to lead a busy and multifaceted team. Additionally, you will have an extensive mental health background; experience in leadership within a multidisciplinary team setting is ideal, but not essential. As a natural leader, you will be an expert at developing and extending nursing practice, carrying out performance appraisals, auditing, quality improvement and providing overall clinical expertise. An expert in your field, you will further promote a high standard of consistent professional nursing practice that is contemporary, and patient focused.

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
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • 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

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.