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Enrolled Nurse

Forensic (9A)

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • 1.0 FTE Permanent position
  • No long commute, no traffic jams, free onsite parking- it all starts here...

About the team

Ward 9A at Wakari Hospital is a 13- bed medium secure unit, it is the inpatient unit for Otago and Southland for those persons who are in the Justice system and require assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. A full complement of a multidisciplinary team delivers a range of therapeutic services and programmes in this setting. Ward 9A has a strong emphasis on linking people with families/ whanau and support persons and reintegration into the wider community.

The role / About you

This position based at Wakari Hospital, high on the hills above Dunedin in a park like setting with its stunning vistas of city and ocean, you'll be working in a secure environment predominantly with patients referred from the courts and/or prison setting for assessment and/or treatment. Increasingly we provide a rehabilitative role in assisting patients with complex needs to reintegrate into the community. Every day you get to work with and alongside a dynamic and committed multidisciplinary team.

Our aim is to provide a safe environment and to plan care that meets individual needs. This includes maintaining links with family and friends whose on-going support and input is often of vital importance to the provision of care.

You'll be a registered Enrolled Nurse with a positive attitude and very good communication skills, be able to take direction and work well as part of team. Our ideal applicant will be confident in providing support and assisting patients in psychological and physical ways, be motivated, practical, display initiative, be patient focused at all times and be able to adapt to a changing, and at time challenging environment. Whilst previous experience in metal health is an advantage, training and support will be provided to those who are new to mental health.

To be the successful candidate for this position you'll most definitely have a sense of humour, be energetic, with a non-judgmental attitude, have exceptional communication skills and be able to manage your time effectively. You will also have a passion for supporting people with mental illness.

If this sounds like the change you are looking for enquire further. You must also be registered as an Enrolled Nurse with NCNZ (Enrolled Nurse Scope of Practice, NCNZ, 2010) and have a current Practising Certificate.

The location

If you're not from Dunedin then perhaps you don't know just how good we have it here? With excellent amenities, schooling - primary through to Otago University, recreation, great food and wine, outstanding nature, and an amazing variety of climates and locations from coastal to mountain. Some people call it the ends of the earth, but we think it's the last best place, so at the top of our list of reasons to join us at Southern DHB is the lifestyle.

Why don't you check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

If you are from Dunedin then we simply don't need to sell it to you, you already know why you're here.

About us

As a DHB, we are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 350,000 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.

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Closing date: Sunday, 19 September 2021.

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Do you currently work for Southern DHB?If so, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here: Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

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

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous public service departments and statutory Crown entities only)