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Charge Nurse Manager - West Ward - Te Awakura

  • 1 FTE, fixed-term position
  • Clinical and operational leadership role for an experienced registered nurse in Mental Health
  • A current NZ Nursing Registration and APC with a scope of practice that includes Mental Health


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.

Providing services to consumers in West Christchurch, the West Inpatient unit, comprising of 16 beds, works closely with our outpatient team and other community services. We are made up of passionate clinicians who work in the patients’ best interests at all times. We have a supportive team culture and encourage opportunities for growth and development.


The Role: Where you fit in

We seek an enthusiastic, experienced and dynamic senior registered Nurse to take up the role of Charge Nurse Manager, to lead the West Inpatient team.

This key position involves managing the operational and clinical functions of a clinical inpatient unit. You will work in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, and you will have excellent clinical skills, as well as an ability to ensure financial and operational objectives are carried out in line with the CDHB vision.

You will have an extensive mental health background, with past experience of team management in a multidisciplinary team setting. With your proven ability to lead, you will be an expert at developing and extending nursing practice, carrying out 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.

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.

This job requires:

  • A commitment to post graduate study either having completed or have commenced the post graduate pathway
  • A current NZ Nursing Registration and APC with a scope of practice that includes Mental Health
  • Expert clinical nursing knowledge and leadership
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Adherence to guidelines of Cultural Safety and the Treaty of Waitangi


This is a 1FTE fixed-term position covering parental leave from approximately 07/06/2021 until 07/06/2022.


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.

Applications are only accepted online so please visit our website at www.cdhbcareers.co.nz complete an application.

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