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Registered Nurse - Mental Health Intensive Care

Registered Nurses

Ward 9b (Adult Intensive and Acute Care, Adult Mental Health Inpatient Unit)

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

Salary Band - $73,566 to $103,630 pro-rata pa + kiwisaver


  • Permanent positions available, full and part-time opportunities (negotiable FTE)
  • Competitive salary + on-site free car parking + discounted health insurance
  • Option of 12 hour shifts = 55 extra days off!


This is a challenging yet rewarding opportunity to become part of a group of staff that work as a team, in the adult inpatient mental health service.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

  • Work alongside acute patients in a complex environment.
  • Deliver safe client focused comprehensive assessment and/or treatment care in a dynamic setting
  • Collaborate with expert multi-disciplinary team including;
  • A number of very experienced clinicians available to provide support to registered nurses.
  • 12 hours shifts standard on a 7 days on per fortnight roster
  • Flexible rosters allowing staff to have great downtime without taking leave
  • 8 hour shifts available also if preferred   
  • Supportive on-going professional development (PDRP or Post-grad)


Mōu ake | About you

  • Currently or able to gain registration with the New Zealand Nursing Council and have a current APC, with a scope of practice that allows you to work in Mental Health
  • Have current eligibility (citizenship, residency or work visa) to live and work in New Zealand
  • While prior mental health nursing experience is preferable, those who have a willingness to develop this experience would also be considered.


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Painga | Benefits

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


Te Tauwāhi / The Location

At the very top of the list of reasons to join us at Southern is the lifestyle that the Southern region offers.  We’re home to the most beautiful landscapes in NZ, if it’s the great outdoors that presses your buttons; we’re within easy reach of the likes of Queenstown and Central Otago if its adrenalin you seek.  It’s all here - the opportunity to create a fantastic true work/life balance is waiting for you. 


The Southern region offers the benefits of excellent amenities, schooling, great food and wine, and a variety of climates and locations, from coastal to mountain. Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.  Now’s the time to move! 


All employees of the Southern region work with in Mental Health Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services are expected to demonstrate a commitment to “The Seven Real Skills” (Te Pou Workforce Development, see

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.


Rā mōnehu | Closing Date: 21 October 2023

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 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-19 Vaccination is expected for all Workers at higher risk of workplace exposure to COVID-19 through face-to-face patient interaction, working in clinical areas and contact with potentially infectious materials and surfaces.

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