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Position Title: Associate Charge Nurse Manager
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): 1.0 FTE / 40 hours per week
Date Posted: 01/08/2019
Application Closing Date: 18/08/2019 11PM
Job #: 059189
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Associate Charge Nurse Manager
Ward 6C, Mental Health for Older People
Dunedin Hospital

  • Nursing Leadership opportunity in Mental Health, Dunedin

About the Southern DHB
Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) exists to support everyone across our district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities.

We are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 315,000 located South of the Waitaki River. Our catchment area encompasses Invercargill City, Queenstown - Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin City. This means Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand's Health Boards.

About the Team
Mental Health Service for Older People (MHSOP) based at Dunedin Hospital provide support and care to people 65+ who are experiencing mental health, along with physical health, issues.

The Role
The Mental Health for Older Persons Service at Dunedin Hospital is seeking an experienced Registered Nurse to join their team as the Associate Charge Nurse Manager (ACNM). The role requires knowledge of mental health and older person’s physical health issues as well as guiding and supporting the delivery of safe patient focused care in settings where both mental health and physical assessments and interventions are an essential component.

Within this role you will assist the Charge Nurse Manager (CNM) with the day to day operational management of ward functions, including coordination of admissions, discharges and transfers and nursing input. 

A key aspect of this position is to act as a role model to nursing and support staff as well as ongoing communication with other members of the multidisciplinary clinical team. The ACNM assists the CNM to provide clinical leadership, monitors and mitigates risk, engages in quality initiatives, coordinates resources to meet the identified needs of patients and team members ensuring delivery of safe patient centred / focussed care. 

A close working relationship with the CNM will be essential as will establishing good professional working relationships with other staff on the unit and with people from services that have contact with the ward.

About You
With a minimum of 5 years’ post registration within a mental health setting you will also have post graduate qualifications (relevant to mental health), at a minimum a diploma, but preferably a Master Degree (or working towards). It is also expected that you will have achieved / or be working towards PDRP Level 4 Expert Nurse.  

We are looking for a positive and confident Registered Nurse who has the drive and enthusiasm; you will be a respected professional in your own right, and an exceptional team member with strong communication skills. 

If you think you have the ability to undertake this role within this busy dynamic service then this may be the opportunity for you.  

All employees of the Southern District Health Board working with in Mental Health Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services are expected to demonstrate a commitment to “The Seven Real Skills” (Te Pou Workforce Development, see

Please note that we are only able to consider your application if you:

  • are currently Registered with the New Zealand Nursing Council
  • have a current APC with a scope of practice that allows you to work in Mental Health
  • have current eligibility (citizenship, residency or work visa) to live and work in New Zealand

The Location
The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Whether it’s surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. Check out for what the region, and we, can offer you and your whanau.

Closing Date: Sunday, 18 August 2019

For further information please contact Caroline Godfrey, Recruitment Advisor – Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate (MHAID), Phone (03) 214 5769 or Email

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