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Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse - Forensic (9A)

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Permanent, part-time position (0.8 FTE)
  • Make a difference in mental health
  • No long commute, no traffic jams, free onsite parking... it all starts here

Here at Southern DHB, we're up to the challenge of realising our vision of Better Health, Better Lives, Whanau Ora; and to help us achieve this we're very focused on bringing into our organisation people who display our values of being Kind, Open and Positive, with a sense of Community.

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

In this position 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.

We are looking for experienced Mental Health or Comprehensive Registered Nurses to join our supportive multidisciplinary team. You will be an enthusiastic Registered Nurse with a range of skills and the ability to work effectively with a large team to a high standard of practice. To be successful in this role you must be positive with exceptional communication skills, you will also have a passion for supporting people with mental illness.

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'.

Check out https://southernhealthcareers.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau. If you are from Dunedin then we don't need to sell it to you, you already know why you're here.

If this sounds like the change you are looking for enquire further. You must be a New Zealand Registered Nurse, with a current APC and mental health sector experience. We provide an excellent orientation to our positions and will happily support your ongoing professional development needs.

So, if you want to make a difference and hold a positive attitude to your work and others, and you're ready to experience all the wonderful side benefits of living and working in Dunedin (if you don't already) then we encourage you to apply.

About the Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

Closing date: Sunday, 24 October 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 caroline.godfrey@southerndhb.govt.nz

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)

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: https://careers.southernhealth.nz/

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