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Registered Nurse - Emergency Department (Southland)

Registered Nurse – Emergency Department

Southland Hospital


  • Various permanent positions available
  • Positions available from Registered Nurse to Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Accelerate your career advancement
  • Excellent career development opportunities


We are currently recruiting for a range of nursing positions in our busy emergency department at Southland Hospital. 


About the Service

Our Emergency Department is a busy service and provides care for approximately 38,500 attendances every year. We have a triage area, a rapid assessment area, dedicated resuscitation areas, acute, sub-acute and paediatric cubicles.  Our department carries out all acute care, including full patient resuscitation facilities, management of trauma, fractures, injuries etc. We have a state of the art facility that is recognised as a centre of excellence in emergency care that is due to double in size in the next year.  We pride ourselves on having a strong focus on customer service and our success is reliant on effective communication and teamwork.  The ED’s vision is to be a centre of clinical care and customer service excellence.   


About the Role – what’s in it for me?

This is an exciting opportunity for nurses wanting to develop their skills in the area of emergency department nursing.  We offer a number of educational opportunities including: a comprehensive orientation programme; on-going development in emergency nursing skills e.g. Trauma Nursing Core Course,  High Acuity Care, Triage Course, and Advanced Life Support. There are also career pathways and opportunities for motivated employees to develop and further their careers within this service, supported by a team of Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Clinical Nurse Co-ordinators.


Our Clinical Nurse Specialist Role provides specialist nursing and expertise both in direct care delivery and in support to other staff in the management of a defined patient/consumer group/area of speciality practice. The Clinical Nurse Specialist will exercise independent nursing judgement, apply advanced assessment skills, initiate appropriate clinical judgement, evaluate outcomes, advise others and provide sound rationale for actions in area of speciality/practice


We’re looking for nurses who are experienced and organised, friendly and calm, able to work independently and at the same time genuinely interested in the best outcome for both patient and team.


  • Must have current registration with the New Zealand Nursing Council and a current APC, with the right to work in New Zealand.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively with other professionals.
  • Excellent time management, interpersonal and organisational skills
  • The ability to be adaptable, flexible and solution focused.
  • Previous ED/acute experience is essential, and you must have at least 1 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse.
  • For CNS roles – a minimum of 5 years practice within the defined scope of clinical speciality and ideally you will have or be working towards a post graduate diploma and/or master’s degree, and Level 3 / 4 PDRP.


If you are interested in working as part of great team in an environment where every day is a learning opportunity, then talk to us about what we can offer you.



The Location

Sick of long commutes to work? - Southland Hospital is located within a 10 - 15 minute drive from anywhere in Invercargill and offers free car parking on site for staff.  Our hospital is a modern, secondary level 4 base hospital offering an innovative and progressive working environment.  Small and intimate enough to get to know not only your colleagues, but your patients in particular.  Here you will enjoy a clinically challenging and rewarding job combined with a relaxed and satisfying lifestyle.


Now is a great time to re-locate to the Southern District if you were considering the move.  The Southern District offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Whether it’s the outdoors - kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; or theatre, live-music or art or shopping and dining out – there’s literally something for everyone.  Check out  or check out Discover Invercargill for what we can offer you and your whanau.


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Closing Date:  14 October 2022

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change and we may commence interviews prior to closing date. 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 Diane Wilson, Recruitment Advisor, 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).   
  • COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS  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 and have received a booster vaccine against COVID-19. You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.

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