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Registered and Enrolled Nurses - Specialist Mental Health Pool

  • Permanent and Casual SMHS Nursing pool positions for RNs and ENs with mental health experience.
  • While mental health experience is desirable, applications from staff who wish to gain experience within mental health are welcomed.
  • Must be Registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand with a current APC and must have a mental health scope of practice.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a cohesive Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Mō te tūnga - About the role

On both the Specialist Mental Health Services' permanent and casual pools, we have the need for Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses with mental health experience. Primarily based at Hillmorton Hospital, you will be providing cover across inpatient services; including acute adult admitting units, high/ complex needs services, intellectual disabilities, forensics, specialty services, Mothers and Babies, Eating Disorders, Alcohol and Drug, and child and youth services.

Please note:

We currently have full-time/part-time permanent positions available alongside multiple casual positions, please specify which you would like to apply for in your cover letter.

Pehea - About You

This position requires a background in mental health, working as either a Registered Nurse or an Enrolled Nurse, and the ability to work both autonomously, and alongside the mulitidisplinary teams you will be working with.

The opportunity to cover in a variety of different settings across Specialist Mental Health Services, means:

  • we are looking for Registered and Enrolled nurses with excellent communication and time management skills who can work effectively as part of the multidisciplinary team
  • as part of a progressive organisation that values honesty, respect and integrity for every individual, this multi-varied role presents you with the opportunity to work in dynamic and challenging health environments
  • you will need to be confident, resilient and have the ability to build strong and successful relationships, with the patients and their families/whanau as we have a strong emphasis of re-engagement into the community

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako - Skills and experience:

  • Registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand with a current APC and mental health scope
  • Previous Mental Health scope and experience is preferred
  • Nurses with the right skills and attitude who do not have mental health experience but have mental health scope, would be considered on a case by case basis
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Confident and resilient
  • Strong focus on relationship-building
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to Te Tiriti O Waitangi.

Mō mātou - About Us

Specialist Mental Health Services are an interdisciplinary team that forms part of Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha (Canterbury). 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, highlighting your experience in working collectively with Māori to uphold the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Applications are only accepted online so please visit our website at to complete an application.

For a private and confidential chat about this role please contact Shannon Le Roux - Recruitment Partner

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