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Registered Nurse - PACU

Registered Nurse – Post-Anaesthesia Care Unit

Perioperative Service

Southland Hospital  

Salary Band – $72,000 - $95,000 p.a. pro-rata + Kiwisaver + car park


  • Permanent position (1.0 FTE – 40 hours per week)
  • Sociable working hours
  • Competitive salary + paid overtime + Carpark 


We are looking for an experienced recovery nurse with a “can do”, positive attitude to join our Perioperative Service in our Post-Anaesthesia Care Unit based in Southland Hospital. Our passionate team’s focus is on patient centred care, and they take great pride in improving the health and wellbeing of our community, so if this passion resonates with you then read on for more details about your perfect opportunity! 


Mō te tūranga | About the role

Our service presents a busy environment, one that we navigate on a daily basis through a team-based model of care, so it is essential you have a kind nature and the ability to adapt to rapidly changing clinical situations. Recent Perioperative nursing experience and sound clinical skills are essential, and recent, relevant PACU experience is critical in ensuring the patient journey is a smooth one. Given the wide geographical area the hospital covers, there will be many opportunities for variety in your work which lends itself to both your professional and personal development


While this role is primarily based in Recovery, you should apply with understanding that you may be required to assist elsewhere in Perioperative as and when needed to ensure smooth running of our service.


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Mōu ake | About you

If you are looking for:

  • autonomy in your nursing practice
  • experience in a broad range of specialties
  • generally sociable working hours


And you are:

  • someone who thrives in a close knit team environment
  • ready for a new challenge and/or a change from the ward
  • able to make rapid decisions and prompt interventions
  • confident in taking a step up in terms of clinical responsibility
  • well experienced but still keen to grow your skillset


Then it’s here, working with us that your depth of experience and confidence will come into their own.  We provide a comprehensive orientation and absolutely guarantee you’ll learn new skills to complement your present skill set. Apply today!


 Painga | Benefits

  • Continuous support for career development
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance
  • Free on-site parking
  • Short work commutes – only 10-15 minutes’ drive to work from anywhere in the city
  • Access to discounted staff holiday accommodation in Te Anau and Central Otago
  • Access to a range of retail and entertainment discounts
  • Discounted rates available with local Childcare provider
  • Affordable housing and beautiful scenery


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 DHB/NZNO Collective Agreement and falls between Step 2 ($72,061 p.a. pro-rata) and Step 7 ($95,340 p.a. pro-rata) Registered Nurses Salary Scale


Rā mōnehu | Closing Date:   24 April 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:


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 - New employees of Te Whatu Ora Southern will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes two doses and a booster dose of an approved vaccine. If you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster for any reason, please indicate this in your cover letter so we can discuss this with you further and establish if you meet any criteria for an exemption.

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