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Registered Nurse - Forensic Inpatient

Full time
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Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

Salary band - $73,000 to $103,630 pa pro-rata and Kiwisaver

  • Join us as we change the future of healthcare in Southern NZ
  • Casual role
  • Free onsite parking

Mō te tūranga - About the role

Ward 9A at Wakari Hospital is a 15 bed medium secure inpatient unit for Otago and Southland for people who are in the Justice system and require assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation.

We are a multidisciplinary team that delivers a range of therapeutic services and programmes in this setting. We have a strong emphasis on linking people with families/ whanau and reintegration into the wider community.

This role will include the following:

  • Work in a secure environment predominantly with patients referred from the courts and/or prison setting for assessment and/or treatment
  • Provide a rehabilitative role in assisting patients with complex needs to reintegrate into the community
  • Collaborate in a safe environment and to plan care that meets individual needs
  • Maintain links with family and friends whose ongoing support and input is often of vital importance to the provision of care

Mōu ake - About you

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Have New Zealand Registration with a scope of practice that allows you to work in mental health and APC with Nursing Council NZ
  • Previous experience in a mental health setting
  • Be dynamic and innovative
  • Hold a full NZ driver's licence

If you wish to join a service that is committed to high standards of practice and supports ongoing professional development then we would like to hear from you.

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The location

If you're not from Dunedin, then perhaps you don't know just how good we have it here. With excellent amenities, schooling - primary through to Otago University, recreation, great food and wine, outstanding nature, and an amazing variety of climates and locations from coastal to mountain. Some people call it the end of the earth, but we think it's 'the last best place', so at the top of our list of reasons to join us at Southern is 'the lifestyle'.

Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau. If you are from Dunedin then we don't need to sell it to you, you already know why you're here.

If this sounds like the change you are looking for enquire further. You must be a New Zealand Registered Nurse, with a current APC and mental health sector experience or an interest in Mental Health. We provide an excellent orientation to our positions and will happily support your ongoing professional development needs.

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: Saturday, 25 November 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.

Utu whānui - Salary range

This role belongs to the NZNO Collective Agreement and falls between Step 1 ($73,566 p.a) and Step 7 ($103,630 p.a pro-rata) of the Registered Nurse scale

Tono ināianei - Apply now

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 the following:

  • 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.

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: