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Mental Health Nurse -National Youth Secure Forensic Inpatient (Nga Taiohi)

Location: Kenepuru Hospital, Porirua, Wellington

Contract: Permanent, Full time - rostered & rotating

Service: National Youth Forensic Inpatient Service - Nga Taiohi

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About the role

We are looking for enthusiastic, innovative and committed registered nurses to join the National Youth Secure Forensic Inpatient team at Keneperu Hospital. We offer an MDT approach to specialised assessment and treatment for youth offenders with mental health problems within a bi-cultural model of care. We work within a framework of clinical governance and are a progressive service committed to providing a culture of ongoing professional development for staff through regular supervision, an excellent professional development and recognition programme (PDRP), regular in-service training and support towards external education.

The service is co-located with our existing Acute Youth Mental Health Inpatient Unit (Rangatahi) and the Youth Intellectual Disability (ID) Inpatient Unit (Hikitia Te Wairua). The three units are collectively known as the ‘The Youth Centre for Excellence’ at Kenepuru Hospital. This service is part of Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAID) 3DHB.”


  • Registered Nurses are required to provide 24 hour care to our rangatahi in conjunction with the MDT. They provide assessment and intervention and are responsible for the oversight of the unregulated workforce

Skills & Experience

  • Previous youth and/or forensic experience preferred
  • Registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand as a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse
  • Current Practising Certificate

About our organisation

Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is located centrally in Wellington and has over 6,000 full-time equivalent staff, making us one of the major employers in the Wellington region. CCDHB operates two hospitals – Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown and Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua – as well as the Kapiti Health Centre at Paraparaumu.

The Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) spans three DHBs - Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHB’s and includes local, regional, and national services. The local MHAIDS services are provided from multiple sites within the 3DHB sub-region – greater Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa.

How to apply:

Applications will not be accepted via email. All candidates applying for any of our current vacancies must complete an online CCDHB application form by clicking the 'Apply Now' button.

Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format. For further information on this role, please email