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Registered Nurses - Mental Health

Registered Nurses

New Zealand

Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services

Various locations in the South Island – Oamaru, Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown, Gore & Balclutha

Forensic, Intellectual Disability Services (Medium Secure Unit), Adult Intensive and Acute Care inpatient


Salary Band – $73,566 – $103,630 p.a prorata


  • We offer relocation support, a competitive salary + paid overtime + car parking 
  • Join us as we change the future of healthcare in Southern NZ
  • Full-time and part-time roles
  • Great Nursing Professional Development + exceptional MDT + opportunity to make a difference


We’re seeking expressions of interest from experienced Mental Health Nurses for opportunities (current and upcoming) across our Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service. These include Emergency Psychiatric Care, Forensic, Inpatient, Acute, Rehabilitation, Intellectual Disability and Community; and cover the whole life spectrum of Child, Youth, Family, Adult and Older People.


A strong knowledge base is essential to meeting the challenge of caring for people in a mental health environment as no two days are the same.  You will work alongside dynamic and committed multidisciplinary teams and with ready access to other mental health professionals’ means that you truly can put the patient and their needs at the centre of everything you do


Mōu ake | About you

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • a high standard of competence practice and performance
  • an enjoyment of the challenge of working with patients in this setting
  • dynamic and innovative team-oriented drive
  • a wish to join a service that is committed to high standards of practice
  • want to work in an environment that supports on-going learning and professional development
  • two plus years experience in a Mental Health setting; acute inpatient or community


Painga | Benefits

  • Beautiful scenery and easy access to a multitude of out-door activities
  • Continuous support for career development
  • Subsidised gym membership, discounted health insurance and a range of retail discounts


If you’re thinking about or have ever thought about making the move, then now’s the perfect time! If you have the experience and skillset that we’re looking for, we’ll put you in touch with the right Mental Health service so you can find out more, and we can explore employment options with you. I look forward to talking with you soon.


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.


At the very top of the list of reasons to join us at Te Whatu Ora, New Zealand Health - Southern is the lifestyle.  We’re home to the most beautiful landscapes in NZ, if it’s the great outdoors that presses your buttons; and we’re within easy reach of the likes of Queenstown if its adrenalin you seek.  It’s all here - the opportunity to create a fantastic work/life balance is waiting for you.  The Southern region offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, competitively priced housing, minimal traffic and friendly locals, but with the same sporting and cultural activities you’d find anywhere else.  Whether it’s 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. Check out this link to learn about Dunedn Check out this link to learn about Southland Southland – The New Zealand We All Dream Of



Utu whānui |Salary range

This role belongs to the NZNO Collective Agreement and falls between the step 1 ($73,566 p.a) and Step 7 ($103,630 p.a prorata) of the RN scale


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  Open

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,


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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