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Registered Nurse - IDS

Registered Nurses - Ward 10a Special Needs Unit

Intellectual Disability Service

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

Salary band - $75,773 - $106,739 p.a prorata + Kiwisaver

  • Permanent, full and part-time positions
  • Great Nursing professional development + exceptional MDT + opportunity to make a difference
  • Easy commute / affordable lifestyle + free on-site parking

Ward 10a is a medium secure 12 bed inpatient service for Intellectually Disabled clients, aged 17 to 65 years, whom require assessment and treatment under the Mental Health Act or are subject to the criminal justice system via the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003.

Mō te tūranga - About the role

The Intellectual Disability Service (IDS) is part of the Specialist Mental Health Services based at Wakari Hospital, high above Dunedin. OurIDS comprises of three parts, Ward 10a - a 12 bed inpatient service, Helensburgh Cottage - a 4 bed inpatient rehabilitation unit and the Community Liaison team.

This role will:

  • collaborate with the multidisciplinary team comprising of Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Mental Health Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Psychiatrists
  • develop your clinical skills on a shift-by-shift basis
  • work alongside patients in a complex environment to meet their identified needs in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • emphasise the delivery of safe client focused care in an ever-changing dynamic setting
  • encompass acute care of patients recently admitted as well as the continuing care and rehabilitation of patients with complex needs
  • collaborate closely with the Charge Nurse Manager, Associate Charge Nurse and the Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Mōu ake - About you

To be successful in this role you must:

  • have New Zealand Nursing Council registration and have a current APC
  • hold a scope of practice that allows you to work in Mental Health or Intellectual Disabilities (more information can be found at
  • have current eligibility (citizenship, residency or work visa) to live and work in New Zealand
  • be positive with exceptional communication skills
  • have a passion for supporting people from admission to discharge.

See position description.

Painga - Benefits

  • Affordable housing and beautiful scenery
  • Continuous support for career development
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance
  • Access to discounted staff holiday accommodation and a range of retail discounts

Mō mātou - About us

Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora - Southern has the largest geographical coverage of all the New Zealand regions, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities. 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.

Rā mōnehu - Closing date: Friday, 31 May 2024.

Due to the fast-paced nature of what we do, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Utu whānui - Salary range

This role belongs to the NZNO Collective Agreement and falls between the step 1 ($75,773 p.a) and Step 7 ($106,739 p.a prorata) of the Registered Nurse scale

Tono ināianei - Apply now

For further information please contact Mikayla Hamilton, Recruitment Advisor,

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: