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Enrolled Nurses - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services

Enrolled Nurses

Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services


Forensic, Intellectual Disability Services (Medium Secure Unit), Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental health of older people


  • Permanent, fulltime or part-time positions
  • Safe, family friendly with excellent schooling options
  • New Graduate opportunities and training support will be available


Expressions of interest are being sought from Enrolled Nurses to work across a range of non-acute inpatient mental health.


The Southern DHB

Here at Southern DHB, we’re up to the challenge of realising our vision of Better Health, Better Lives, Whanau Ora; and to help us achieve this we’re very focused on bringing into our organisation people who display our values of being Kind, Open and Positive, with a sense of Community.


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


About the Role

We’re seeking expressions of interest from Enrolled Nurses to work across all areas of non-acute inpatient mental health. These include Forensic, Intellectual Disability Services (Medium Secure Unit), Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental health of older people. Ideally you will have experienced in Mental Health however if you are new to this field and have a strong willingness to learn we offer full training and support so if mental health is area you have an interest in we would love to hear from you.  


About You

Develop your clinical skills, working alongside patients in complex environments to meet their identified needs in a multi-disciplinary setting where the emphasis is on the delivery of safe client focused care in an ever changing dynamic setting. You’ll assess and treat patients with your exceptional nursing skills aiming for the best outcome, as well as communicating regularly with their families.


We are looking for experienced and enthusiastic Enrolled Nurses to join our team, however we are also offering New Graduate opportunities these are supported by the Enrolled Nurse Transition into Practice programme.  You’ll have a range of skills and the ability to work effectively with a large team to a high standard within your scope of practice. 


To be successful in this role you must be positive with great communication skills, be able to take direction and work well as part of team. 


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


If you think you have what it takes to meet the challenge of caring for people in a mental health environment, register your interest today. 


Become part of a group of staff that really do work as a team.


The Location

At the very top of the list of reasons to join us at Southern DHB is the lifestyle.  We’re home to the most beautiful landscapes in NZ, if it’s the great outdoors that presses your buttons; and we’re within easy reach of the likes of Queenstown if its adrenalin you seek. It’s all here - the opportunity to create a fantastic work/life balance is waiting for you. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, minimal traffic and friendly locals, but with the same sporting and cultural activities you’d find anywhere else.  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.


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Closing Date: Open

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.


Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here: Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor – Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5769 or email


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 this also includes the requirement that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.


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