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Nurse Director - Mental Health and Addictions Service

Where you’ll be working: Waikato Hospital

The details: Permanent – 80 hours per fortnight

Why Waikato?

Waikato is the fourth largest region in New Zealand and located just south of Auckland. It features a wide range of world-class outdoor and cultural experiences. You can surf the world-famous beaches of Raglan, swim at the beautiful beaches of the Coromandel, hike our majestic mountain ranges, tour the Hobbiton shire, experience the magic of the Waitomo glowworm caves, and encounter a vast array of flora and fauna at the remarkable Maungatautari Ecological Reserve.

Situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, Hamilton is New Zealand’s largest metropolitan inland city. Hamilton’s vibrant city centre and rich cultural mix makes it an ideal place to experience the authentic friendly Kiwi lifestyle.

Learn more about living in the mighty Waikato here

Why here?

Our Mental Health and Addictions Services are currently undergoing significant change and development. The timing of this position becoming vacant represents a unique opportunity to join an existing and well established team of leaders in the sector, as we work to plan and reshape the way we meet our communities mental health and addictions needs in inpatient, community, rural and urban settings. Our services include adult, forensic, infant child and adolescent, older persons, specialist addictions, eating disorders, DBT and peri-natal teams.

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori communities.

Reporting to the Services Director, Mental Health and Addictions Services, our Nurse Director has a professional reporting line directly to the Chief Nurse and is responsible for delivering aspects of the Mental Health and Addictions Service (MHAS) service plan that involve nurses.

This role has a critical part to play in shaping the future direction of mental health and addictions nursing in the Waikato and our developing service culture, as well as providing strong leadership and professional direction to our nursing workforce.

This is a challenging but highly rewarding role with opportunities for growth for the right candidate. We are looking for a highly competent, pro-active, leader who will help us grow our nursing workforce of the future, actively contribute to our service planning and delivery, develop strong relationships with our system, sector and educational partners, support the development and delivery of our ongoing learning and development structure and help us implement the changes we need to make to achieve our vision for mental health and addictions services for the people of the Waikato.

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The Waikato District Health Board Health & Safety has a policy that includes ensuring that you comply with the Health Order announced 11 October 2021 and with the Waikato DHB’s Vaccine Preventable Diseases for Employees policy. The policy prescribes the required vaccinations including COVID19 for all employees of Waikato DHB. COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory before

Your application:

Please apply directly online, applications are not able to be accepted via email.

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Application closing date: Open until filled

Values Theme “People at Heart” – Te iwi Ngakaunui

• Give and earn respect - Whakamana

• Listen to me; talk to me – Whakarongo

• Fair play – Mauri Pai

• Growing the good – Whakapakari

• Stronger together – Kotahitanga