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Community Mental Health Nurse - East Community

Mō te tūnga | About the role

The East Adult Community Psychiatric Service has an exciting opportunity for a registered nurse with mental health experience to join their community team. East Sector provides an assessment and treatment service for tāngata whaiora (consumers) experiencing mental illnesses and works closely with their whānau (family) - both in the community and alongside inpatient services.

Pehea | About You

As a professional and highly motivated nurse, who displays a positive attitude and enthusiasm for this area of work, you will enjoy being part of a committed and diverse multi-disciplinary team, you will work in collaboration with a group of professionals that recognises the importance of providing quality care and services to their patients, friends and whānau. Interacting with a variety of stakeholders, you will have an ability to effectively manage and prioritise a caseload in this case management position.

  • Visit tāngata whaiora in the community, where you will complete home visits or see them in NGO supported residential services or support them on the ward as they transition from inpatient to outpatient care.
  • Refer and support your tāngata whaiora to engage with community services and resources and assist them in developing and progressing along individual tailored treatment plans.
  • Support and assist those in your care with their treatment and medication regimes.
  • Complete assessments alongside psychiatrists and draw on the knowledge from the variety of different professional backgrounds in your team to provide the best possible holistic care.
  • Respond to crises when they occur – this involves conducting risk assessments, connecting with whānau, coordinating logistics, and working with your team to ensure the most appropriate intervention for your tāngata whaiora.
  • 1 FTE permanent position available
  • Monday to Fridays, either 0800hr – 1600hr OR 0830hr – 1630hr

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
  • 2+ years’ experience working within any area of mental health
  • Have a full New Zealand driver’s license
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Previous experience in an acute mental health setting
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and relationship building
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment in a varied role

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 whānau. 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.