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Happy new year everyone. Te Pou offices are now open for 2021. 

Expression of Interest - Associate Charge Nurse Manager Opportunity - Forensics (SMHS)

Applications close 31 January 2021
  • Expression of interest for Associate Charge Nurse Manager fixed term position within forensics. 
  • Clinical leadership role for an experienced RN in Mental Health, with current APC
  • Must either hold or be working towards a relevant post graduate qualificatio

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 

SMHS Forensics Services encompass medium Secure Forensics Units; Te Whare Manaaki, Te Whare Mauri Ora, and Te Whare Hohou Roko, purposed to provide specialist care for people who, as a a result of mental illness, have seriously offended or are assessed as high risk for serious offending. Priding itself on a sustained commitment to quality improvement, the Forensic Mental Health Service is a fulfilling and dynamic environment with opportunities to further your knowledge and expertise. We are looking for expressions of interest for an Associate Charge Nurse Manager to join Forensics, on a fixed term basis. 

The Role: Where you fit in

In this professional and clinical leadership role, you will effectively contribute to the ongoing development of nursing practice and the professional nursing workforce within the service. The role has a function that is both clinical and operational, therefore you will have excellent clinical credibility as well as an ability to ensure the operational objectives are carried out in line with the CDHB vision.

The core function of the role is to assist and support the Charge Nurse Manager and Clinical Nurse Specialist in ensuring clinical nurse professional standards are upheld and practiced within the ward environment. 

  • You will provide specific, ward-based nursing leadership and clinical support during weekdays and over the weekend and on 'D' shifts', where you will promote a high standard of consistent professional nursing practice that is contemporary and patient focused.
  • Within the ward environment, the ACNM is tasked with rostering and staff allocation. They work on the ground; that is, not only do they coordinate staffing and nursing care, they are also the direct point of contact for staff requiring clinical guidance, and provide direction in service processes.
  • While this role does not involve managing or overseeing a budget, you will work closely with the Charge Nurse Manager on any activity that could be affecting budgets (e.g. reports on overtime).
  • With your proven ability to lead, you will be an expert at developing and extending nursing practice, assisting the Clinical leadership team with performance appraisals, auditing, and quality improvement. As such, you will strive to ensure the overall provision of quality nursing care for our service users. 
  • As a positive role model, you will be highly motivated with excellent communication skills and have the ability to build successful relationships within the service.

Ideal applicants expressing their interest in these positions will: 

  • Have or be working towards a relevant post graduate qualification.
  • Have an extensive background in mental health nursing.
  • Hold a current portfolio (PDRP/ QLA) or equivalent, appropriate to the roles.
  • Demonstrate experience in managing and overseeing workloads in a busy clinical environments. 
  • Be able to show their ability to both promote accountable nursing practice, and extend nursing practice in accordance to best nursing professional standards. 
  • Must be registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand, with Mental Health Scope and current APC.

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.

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.

Please apply online or to discuss further becoming part of our team, please contact:

Email: Recruitment@cdhb.health.nz

Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now!