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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Intensive and Acute Inpatient Mental Health

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

Salary Band - $97,699 to $107,341 pa pro-rata + kiwisaver + free parking


  • Permanent, fulltime position
  • Great opportunity to grow your career – supportive MDT
  • Dunedin – safe, family friendly with excellent schooling options


Do you have the drive for motivating and encouraging others within a team?


Are you looking for the next challenge in your mental health nursing career?


Join the supportive team in the Intensive and acute inpatient mental health environment where each day will be interesting and different. The position will be based in Ward 9B which is a 15-bed inpatient facility located on site at Wakari Hospital, Dunedin. The unit is currently a locked unit providing care and treatment for people with a diverse range of mental health mental health presentations.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

The role will provide Nursing support and leadership primarily to ward 9B staff with an expectation of being available to provide input and advice to other areas from time to time. 


The clinical nurse specialist will role model specialist mental health nursing care based on substantial theoretical knowledge in a mental health setting and work with nursing staff to continually develop practice. You will also be involved in maintaining the ongoing development of ward treatment programmes within a SafeWards framework.


See position description.


Mōu ake | About you

The successful applicant will have a minimum of five years experience and will be Level Four (expert) (or working towards) on the Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand - Southern Professional Development Programme. In addition to your nursing qualifications, you will also have post graduate qualifications (relevant to mental health), at a minimum a diploma, but preferably a master’s degree (or working towards).


We are looking for a positive and confident registered nurse who has the drive and enthusiasm to motivate staff and engage them in their clinical development; you will be a respected professional in your own right, and an exceptional team member with strong communication skills.


Painga | Benefits

  • Beautiful coastlines and a family-friendly community.
  • Continuous support for career development.
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance.
  • Access to staff fitness facilities and banking offers
  • Access to a range of retail discounts and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).


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.

The Location

Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. Southern 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. For more on Dunedin go to Insiders - Ōtepoti | Dunedin New Zealand official website (


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  Thursday 08 December 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,  

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 vaccination requirements

New employees of Te Whatu Ora Southern will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes two doses and a booster dose of an approved vaccine. If you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster for any reason, please indicate this in your cover letter so we can discuss this with you further and establish if you meet any criteria for an exemption.

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