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Nurse Practitioner - Ophthalmology

Nurse Practitioner – Ophthalmology

Dunedin Hospital


  • 0.8FTE, Permanent position (64 hours per fortnight)
  • Monday to Friday between 7am-7pm


Here at Dunedin Hospital, we put the patient at the centre of everything we do. The Ophthalmology team have had the opportunity to look at how we can better continue our path to being a world class health service provider. We have identified the opportunity for an exciting new role of Nurse practitioner for the service, increasing even further the effectiveness of patient care.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

Based in our Ophthalmology Service, in Dunedin Hospital, and working Monday to Friday (pro-rata), this varied and crucial role will see you taking a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment and care of patients. There will be opportunities to look at this role becoming district based in the future, providing the patients of Southern with a more equitable service.


The Nurse Practitioner will be expected to deliver, independent, accessible and high-quality effective health care, that is fully coordinated and integrated with other health services within the primary sector and the Provider arm.


The primary goal for the Nurse Practitioner will be to assist in improving client health and reducing health inequalities and clinical risk for service users with identified high risk and complex health needs by:

  • Providing consultancy, clinical leadership and skilled advanced nursing practice in line with the Nurse Practitioner competencies to Assess, Diagnose and Treat health service users in the Southern DHB
  • Actively work on strengthening partnerships/alliances with Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s), General Practice teams and other community services by providing specialist consultation and liaison services aimed at increasing their capability to deliver quality treatment to achieve positive outcomes to health service users.
  • Development of alternative models of care for service users with identified high and complex needs
  • Demonstrating advanced nursing leadership and mentorship to Registered Nurse colleagues, multidisciplinary teams, and community health worker.
  • Delivering on the objectives of the national health strategy documents by improving access, outcomes, reducing health disparities and reducing duplication of services provides clinical leadership and develops and influences education, policies and clinical standards at a service, local and national level for specialty population group and Nurse Practitioner issues.


Specific to Ophthalmology:

  • Experience of working within an Ophthalmology setting
  • Managing your own patient load
  • Experience of paracentesis (advantageous)
  • Glaucoma prescribing (not essential)
  • Experience of a macular degeneration nurse led clinics
  • Experience of reviewing & interpreting diagnostics (scans/slit lamp/Goldmans)


Mōu ake | About you

This is a demanding and challenging role where the successful applicant will demonstrate sound professional judgement, pursue clinical excellence, strong clinical leadership skills, a clear commitment to high quality care and improved patient outcomes.


A key driver in your success will be the relationships that you form with your team and patients alike.


To succeed in this exciting new role, you will also need to:

  • Be a Registered Nurse Practitioner with a valid Annual Practicing Certificate/ assistance with transitioning registration to New Zealand will be given if needed
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a nurse practitioner, with experience in Ophthalmology specifically
  • Have the ability to successfully engage and empathise with patients in a positive manner
  • Able to demonstrate  knowledge and application of NZ Health strategies
  • Work autonomously
  • Ability to work collaboratively with medical colleagues
  • Be a fabulous communicator with an engaging and personable style


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.


Utu whānui | Salary range

This role belongs to the NZNO Collective Agreement, Grade 8 on the Nurse Practitioner Scale and falls between Step 1 ($114,916 p.a pro rata) and Step 4 ($136,453 p.a prorata).


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Rā mōnehu | Closing Date: Monday 14 November 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

For further information please contact Tamara Hannagan, Recruitment Advisor, (03) 470 9696,

All conversations will be confidential in nature.


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

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