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Registered Nurse - Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU)

Registered Nurse – Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU)

Dunedin Hospital

Salary Band – $72,061 - $95,340 p.a pro rata


  • 0.7 - 0.9FTE (negotiable FTE) Permanent Positions available due to uplift in PACU nursing resource
  • Use your experience and expertise to make a real difference to our patient’s surgical journey and outcomes
  • Exclusive discounts from our retail partners


Mō te tūranga | About the role

Working with us, your depth of experience and confidence will come into their own.  Further, you’ll develop airway management skills and acquire acute pain management experience in this dynamic environment. We provide a comprehensive orientation and absolutely guarantee you’ll learn new skills to complement your present skill set. Most of the workload occurs during business hours, and afterhours and weekend work are covered by a combination of rostered shifts and on-call overnight.


We’re a specialised unit providing post anaesthetic care to surgical patients.

  • Our service covers both elective and acute thoracic,
  • Neurosurgical,
  • ENT,
  • Ophthalmology,
  • Maxillofacial,
  • Urology,
  • General surgery,
  • Vascular,
  • Gynaecology,
  • Orthopaedic,
  • Paediatric surgical specialties. 
  • We also care for procedures that occur outside of the theatre complex.


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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
  • Someone who relates to colleagues in a highly professional and personable manner


The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing, and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Whether it is 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.


Painga | Benefits


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


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 expired NZNO Collective Agreement and falls between step 2 ($64,291 p.a) and Step 7 ($83,186 p.a pro rata) of the RN scale.


Rā mōnehu | Closing Date:  17 February 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

For further information please contact Ben Kingsbury, Recruitment Advisor at and (03) 470 9081

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: All conversations will be confidential in nature.

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)
  • 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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