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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Te Whare Manaaki

We have an exciting opportunity for a senior nurse to progress your career as a Clinical Nurse Specialist within Forensic Mental Health.

Te Whare Manaaki is a medium secure forensic unit that forms part of Specialist Mental Health Services and the Regional Forensic Mental Health Service.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

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. We provide specialist care for people experiencing a mental illness who have seriously offended or are assessed as high risk for serious offending. This is immensely rewarding work within a dynamic and fulfilling environment to work and grow. This is an exciting step for a dedicated and motivated nurse who is eager to take the next step within clinical leadership.

- 1 FTE permanent position available

Pehea | About You

As the new Clinical Nurse Specialist, you will find yourself developing and extending nursing practice, assisting with performance appraisals, auditing, quality improvement and providing overall clinical expertise and mentorship. You will enable the team to continue to deliver a high standard of care to our tāngata whaiora (consumers), whilst engaging with nursing staff and members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure effective relationships are developed and maintained.

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 post graduate Diploma with a mental health focus, or be on the pathway to securing one
  • Possess a depth of clinical nursing knowledge and leadership ability
  • A desire to expand your knowledge about the legal system and the law
  • 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.