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Position Title: Programme Coordinator - Nurse Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP)
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): Permanent Part time (24hours/per week)
Date Posted: 26/09/2019
Application Closing Date: 13/10/2019 11PM
Job #: 059543 & 059552
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Nurse Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP) Programme Coordinator



  • Permanent part-time 0.6 FTE (24 hours per week)

The position requires you to deliver the programme in partnership with the University of Auckland as the programme content includes the completion of a PGCert in Health Sciences.

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

You will work independently but alongside a collegial team of mental health educators and the nursing team at the University of Auckland. It is necessary to maintain key relationships with a wide range of clinical and non-clinical staff both internal and external to the SDHB and are involved in the delivery of mental health, addiction and intellectual disability services.

About the Role – what’s in it for me?

The primary purpose of the role is to support newly registered nurses to undertake the programme, which includes a PGCert in Health Sciences and in addition, assist them to develop their clinical and therapeutic skills within a clinical environment.

About You

You will be an experienced New Zealand Registered Nurse with a current annual practicing certificate and a Master’s degree in a mental health related field. Knowledge of, and proven performance in adult teaching and learning principles is necessary. You must hold a current Portfolio (PDRP) at either a senior or expert nurse level and be a PDRP assessor.

You will have excellent communication skills with a positive and problem solving attitude. You will have a passion for working with and developing new nurses to become confident practitioners within a range of mental health environments. The need to be flexible in providing pastoral support to the graduates will assist them to complete the programme within the University time frames.

The need to have a sensitivity and awareness of cultural and sexuality difference and to be committed to supporting the implementation of service user recovery principles is essential.

If you are a networker, a leader and role model, with recognized teaching, mentoring and coaching skills, enjoy a challenge and some flexibility in your work hours and have a sound knowledge of mental health services then we welcome your interest in joining our SDHB team.

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 13 October, 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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