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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Palliative Care

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Palliative Care

Southern Blood & Cancer Service – Dunedin Hospital


  • Permanent Position
  • Part-time 0.9 FTE vacancy (36 hrs per week) 


Here at Southern DHB, the highest levels of patient care lie at the heart of our mission. Integral to this is a commitment to achieving excellent clinical and commercial outcomes based on quality service delivery.


About the Role – what’s in it for me?

We have an exciting part-time, permanent opportunity for a senior Registered Nurse looking for that next step in their nursing career. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, you will provide specialist palliative nursing care and expertise both in direct care delivery and mentoring staff so they too gain further knowledge and skill. As per the position description you will work across the organisation acting in the roles of clinician, educator, consultant, researcher, leader/change agent and care coordinator/case manager in the pursuit of clinical excellence and improved health outcomes.


The successful applicant will work rostered days Monday to Friday between 0800 and 1700, exact times to be negotiated.


This role may also be considered for an enthusiastic Registered Nurse wishing to undertake a development programme to Clinical Nurse Specialist. This would include achieving clinical and academic requirements, typically over a two-year period


About You

You will have proven clinical credibility, excellent group facilitation skills and advanced communication techniques such as conflict resolution, diffusion and mediation skills. You will have excellent organisational and time management skills, in addition to a professional can do attitude in line with our values.


The successful candidate will ideally have a minimum of 3 years practice in palliative care nursing, and advanced knowledge and skills.  You will have exceptional communication skills and either hold or be working towards post graduate qualification at a minimum of a diploma or/and a masters degree. 


For a Registered Nurse not quite yet at Clinical Nurse Specialist level, you would be given a comprehensive orientation, and benefit from onsite support from other senior Clinical Nurse Specialists to assist with learning and development needs. With guidance, support and self-directed learning, you will develop sound palliative care (PC) nursing skills. Ideally you will have extensive post registration experience, and palliative care specific experience would be a bonus. There is an expectation that post graduate studies in palliative care will have been undertaken, already commenced, or are planned for the future. 


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 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 https://southernhealthcareers.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


You will be joining a dedicated, supportive and friendly team of health professionals. If you think you bring the skills we are looking for, we would love to hear from you!


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Closing Date: Sunday, 12 December 2021


Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via the internal careers site.


For further information please contact Karen Cope, Recruitment Advisor – Medical Directorate. Phone: (03) 470 9605 or Email: Karen.cope@southerndhb.govt.nz

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.


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)
  • 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 as a health care worker.  If you have already been fully vaccinated, you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.  If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 January 2022

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