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Clinical Nurse Specialist Advancing Clinical Practice

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Advancing Clinical Practice

Southern District MHAID Services


Salary Band – $97,699 - $107,341 p.a prorata + Kiwisaver


  • Join us as we change the future of healthcare in Southern NZ
  • Permanent, 1.0 FTE 40 hours per week


Mō te tūranga | About the role

The position requires a collaborative approach across the MHAID service to ensure that the focus on advancing clinical practice is maintained inclusive of a local and national direction. Collectively the Clinical Nurse Specialist Advancing Clinical Practice positions have responsibility to identify local practice development needs and priorities.


The purpose of the role includes

  • Develop a programme of education and training that reflects the national, regional and local needs of specialist MHAID services
  • Develop a strategic E & T plan which is inclusive of a calendar of E T& training activities.
  • Deliver the programme in partnership with consumers, families and clinical teams
  • Ensure effective practice development opportunities that integrate theory and clinical practice and reflect professional standards of mental health and addiction systems.
  • Link professional knowledge and education to the specifics of clinical practice.
  • Liaise with clinical staff, MHAID clinical leaders and advisory roles to ensure the relevance and currency of the programme.
  • Coordinate clinical teaching days and teaching content.
  • Provide any documentation as required for auditing purposes. 


Mōu ake | About you

To be considered for the role you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • It is preferred - that the applicant has completed a Masters level qualification in a Mental Health specialty area or is working toward.  Must have a minimum of a PG diploma.
  • It is essential that the applicant be a registered nurse with strong clinical leadership skills
  • Must be a Registered Nurse with current APC with intermediate/advanced computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of, qualification in, and proven performance in adult teaching and learning principles.
  • Be an excellent communicator, with a positive and problem-solving attitude and strong leadership skills. 
  • Recognised mentoring and coaching skills.
  • It is essential that the applicant has a sensitivity and awareness of cultural, and diversity differences - and is focused on service user recovery principles.
  • Has achieved or is working toward Level 4 of PDRP within 1 year of commencing the position
  • Excellent group facilitation skills and history of a collaborative team approach
  • Has advanced communication techniques such as conflict resolution, diffusion and mediation skills
  • Innovative and flexible with positive and problem-solving approaches in all situations
  • Has proven clinical credibility in specialty area
  • Is a critical consumer of research and embraces evidence based practice when carrying out any task/function
  • Committed to Recovery Principles in clinical practice


If you feel this is you - then we’d love to hear from you.


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Mō mātou | About us

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.


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 and outstanding recreational opportunities. 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.


Utu whānui | Salary range

This role belongs to the DHBs/NZNO Collective Agreement and sits in Grade 4 ($97,699 - $107,341 p.a pro-rata)


Rā mōnehu | Closing Date:  Sunday 9 October 2022

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.


Tono ināianei | Apply now

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

For further information please contact Caroline Godfrey, Recruitment Advisor, email  

If you currently work for Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand - Southern, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here:  Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors


Pre-Employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to:

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)
  • COVID-19 vaccination

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