Clinical Nurse Specialist – West Ward, Te Awakura

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Work Type: 
Full Time
Closing Date: 
Friday, 5 March 2021

Clinical Nurse Specialist – West Ward, Te Awakura

  • 1 FTE, fixed term position covering maternity leave
  • Clinical leadership role for an experienced registered nurse in Mental Health
  • A current NZ Nursing Registration and APC with a scope of practice that includes Mental Health

Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

The Team: What we do

Te Awakura is a 64 bed adult acute inpatient unit that provides 24 hour care for consumers with mental illness. Our model of care focuses on integrated multidisciplinary teams, providing excellent care for consumers in the least restrictive manner. There are four wards that form Te Awakura: North, East, South and West. 

West Ward, comprising of a 16 bed unit within Te Awakura, services the West side of Christchurch. We work closely with our outpatient team and other community services. We are made up of passionate clinicians who work in the patients’ best interests at all times. We have a supportive team culture and encourage opportunities for growth and development.

The Role: Where you fit in

This full time, fixed term position in Te Awakura offers an exciting opportunity for a dedicated and motivated individual who is looking to expand their career pathway to take on a clinical leadership role. With your proven ability to lead, you will be an expert at developing and extending nursing practice, assisting with performance appraisals, auditing, quality improvement, and providing overall clinical expertise and mentorship within the team, enabling them to continue to deliver a high standard of care.  

This job requires: 

  • Experienced, Specialist Mental Health Nurse, Registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand with a current APC - must include scope for Mental Health Nursing.
  • Adhere to guidelines of Cultural Safety and the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Motivated and flexible self-starter with the ability to work both in a team and autonomously
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and time management skills
  • Expert clinical nursing knowledge and leadership ability.
  • Extensive experience working within mental health is essential – you will hold a relevant post graduate qualification or be working towards one, and have a least three years post graduate experience in mental health.
  • The ability to be adaptable, flexible and solution focused.
  • As a role model it is expected you will engage with nursing staff and members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team to ensure effective relationships are developed and maintained, therefore your integrity, excellent interpersonal skills, effective organisational and time management skills and clinical credibility are imperative to the success of this role

Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi

Putting people at the heart of all we do 

Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity. 

Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.

Please apply online, or contact us on [email protected] 

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