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Enrolled Nurse - Mental Health Special Needs Unit

Enrolled Nurses

Ward 10a Special Needs Unit - Intellectual Disability Service

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

Salary Band - $69,934 to $83,349 p.a pro-rata + kiwi-saver + free parking


  • Permanent, full and part-time positions available
  • Competitive salary + discounted health insurance + subsidised gym membership
  • New Graduate opportunities and training support available

About the Team

The Intellectual Disability Service (IDS) is part of the Specialist Mental Health Services based at Wakari Hospital. The IDS comprises of three parts, Ward 10a – a 12 bed inpatient service, Helensburgh Cottage – a 4 bed inpatient rehabilitation unit and the Community Liaison Team. You will work alongside the multidisciplinary team comprising of Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Mental Health Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Psychiatrists.


Ward 10a is a medium secure 12 bed inpatient service for Intellectually Disabled clients, aged 17 to 65 years, who require assessment and treatment under the Mental Health Act or are subject to the criminal justice system via the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

We are looking for experienced and enthusiastic Enrolled Nurses – preferably with Mental Health or Intellectual Disability nursing experience to join our supportive multidisciplinary team, however we are also offering New Graduate opportunities that are supported by the Enrolled Nurse Transition into Practice programme. 


This is an excellent opportunity to develop your clinical skills, working alongside patients in a complex environment to meet their identified needs in a multi-disciplinary setting. The emphasis is on the delivery of safe client focused care in a changing dynamic setting, working closely with the Associate Charge Nurse Manager, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Registered Nurses within our service.   


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Mōu ake | About you

As an experienced Enrolled Nurse, you will have a range of skills and the ability to work effectively to a high standard within your scope of practice. 

To be successful in this role you must have strong written and verbal communication skills, along with a passion for supporting people with an intellectual disability from admission to discharge.


You must also be registered as an Enrolled Nurse with NCNZ (Enrolled Nurse Scope of Practice, NCNZ, 2010) and have a current Practicing Certificate.


Mō mātou | About us

Health New Zealand - 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.



Utu whānui |Salary range

This role belongs to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Collective Agreement and falls between the Salary Band - $69,934 to $83,349 pa pro-rata depending on experience.


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date: 02 August 2024

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 Mikayla Hamilton, Recruitment Advisor,


If you currently work for Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora -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)

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