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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Permanent, full-time position (1.0 FTE 40 hours per week)
  • Dunedin - safe, family friendly with excellent schooling options

Do you have a drive to motivating and encouraging others within a team?

Are you looking for the next challenge in your mental health nursing career?

About the team

The Adult Intensive Care Mental Health Inpatient Unit, Ward 9b, is a15 bed locked facility located at Wakari Hospital. You'll join an expert multidisciplinary clinical team who provide input to consumers who require comprehensive assessment and/or treatment. The majority of consumers present with serious complex mental health issues.Join the supportive team where each day will be different and challenging.

Admissions come from a variety of sources including Community Mental Health Teams or the Emergency Psychiatric Service, as well as transfers from other inpatients units (medical and mental health).

About the role / about you

This role is to provide nursing support across the team and is well supported by senior management,with an expectation of being available to provide input and advice to other areas from time to time as well as after-hours support. We are a great team to work with and are passionate about providing expert care to people with a mental health disorder and are supportive of staff keen to develop new skills and knowledge and improvements to care delivery.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist will role model specialist mental health nursing care based on substantial theoretical knowledge in a mental health setting and work with nursing staff to continually develop practice. You will also be involved in maintaining the ongoing development of ward treatment programmes within a SafeWards framework.

The successful applicant will be Level Four (expert) (or working towards) on the Southern District Health Board Professional Development Programme. In addition to your nursing qualifications you will also have post graduate qualifications (relevant to mental health), at a minimum a diploma, but preferably a master's degree (or working towards).

We are looking for a positive and confident registered nurse who has the drive and enthusiasm to motivate staff and engage them in their clinical development; you will be a respected professional in your own right, and an exceptional team member with strong communication skills.

You will have support and networking with other Clinical Nurse Specialists working within Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services across Southern District Health Board.

About the Southern DHB

Here at Southern DHB, we're up to the challenge of realising our vision of Better Health, Better Lives, Whanau Ora; and to help us achieve this we're very focused on bringing into our organisation people who display our values of being Kind, Open and Positive, with a sense of Community.

We are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 315,000 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

The location

Now is a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move! The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities.Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art - there's literally something for everyone.

Check out what the region and we can offer you and your whanau. It's a great place with a great lifestyle!

Closing date: Sunday, 11 April 2021.

Please note that we may begin short-listing as we receive applications and could withdraw the advertising at any time.

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate (MHAID), phone (03)214 5769 or email

Children's Act 2014

Due to this position having contact with children and the SDHB's commitment to child protection, you will be subject to 'safety checks' under the Children's Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.

Pre-employment occupational health assessment

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to an Occupational Health Assessment to confirm suitability and fitness to work in the role you are being considered for.