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Registered Nurse - South Community Mental Health team

Wakari Hospital

  • Permanent, full-time (40 hours/week)
  • Monday to Friday
  • Variety in your work

About the team

South Community Mental Health team provide care, support and treatment for people experiencing moderate to severe mental illness.

About the role and you

We now have a great opportunity for a Registered Nurse to join the team on a permanent basis. In this role you'll be part of a multidisciplinary team based out of Wakari Hospital, working in a case management capacity to deliver a supportive service to our clients. You'll work autonomously but will be well embedded in a team of equally dedicated mental health professionals. We need you to be able to demonstrate your effective communication skills and your ability to think on your feet while exuding calmness under pressure.

Your responsibilities include delivering focused nursing care/treatment and provision of effective case management to a specific patient caseload. We will support you by providing an orientation to the role and continuing education and training opportunities. Participating in regular clinical supervision is an expectation of this position.

You will have at least two years experience of working with people with serious mental illness. It is also preferable that you have community mental health experience as well as previous experience of working with patients with dual diagnosis (mental illness/intellectual disability).

You will have previously demonstrated a commitment to best practice standards and your model of practice will be inclusive of the seven Real Skills of Let's get real ( will also hold a strong sense of 'self' and a demonstrated commitment to working cohesively in a large and dynamic multidisciplinary team.

To be successful in this role you will have relevant community and / or recent acute inpatient experience and the ability to meet the demands of a busy workload to a high standard and have a current full driver's license.

If this sounds like you then apply now and make the change and join a supportive and innovative team.

You must be a Registered Nurse, with a current APC - and have experience in working within a mental health sector with adults and their families and a clean drivers license.

About 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.

Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, outstanding recreational opportunities and a competitive cost of living. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art - there's literally something for everyone. Why don't you check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

See position description.

Applications close on Sunday, 27 March 2022.

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

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)

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated and have received a booster vaccine against COVID-19. You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: