Clinical Nurse Specialists – Mental Health (Southern Region)

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    6 months ago
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  • Category: Health and Nursing
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Date Advertised: 04-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: APA/1510925
  • Job Title: Clinical Nurse Specialists – Mental Health (Southern Region)
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  • Summary:
  • Shape the future of mental health services across Ara Poutama Aotearoa
  • New perm roles in Christchurch, Invercargill & Otago correctional facilities
  • Roles are full-time or flexibility to work part-time (min. 3 days per week)

‘Kotahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi’ – ‘There is only one purpose to our work: the wellness and wellbeing of our people.

Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Corrections) Health Services lead the delivery of patient-focused primary health care services to tangata within corrections facilities across Aotearoa. Hōkai Rangi, our over-arching strategic direction, places the focus on health at the heart of our business. Building our frameworks from a Matauranga Māori basis is our focus to drive and support equity for Māori, which in turn will contribute to achieving our outcomes of reducing reoffending.

Mō te tūnga | About the roles

Due to the critical expansion and enhancement of our mental health services, we are pleased to announce newly created Clinical Nurse Specialist roles at our Christchurch Women’s Prison, Otago Corrections Facility and Invercargill Prison.

Working within a multi-disciplinary team, your role will be to provide a comprehensive range of specialist mental health nursing services to enhance mental health care for people in our care and management. Effective clinical caseload management will include triage, assessment and evidence informed treatments that are aligned to, and integrated with primary health and tertiary mental health provision, as well as overall promoting the delivery of holistic and recovery-oriented health services across the wider prison environment.

These roles call for clinical professionals who demonstrate a commitment to culturally safe practice and partnership. Our teams strive to model expert clinical practice and ensure a strong focus on Humanising and Healing – respecting the human dignity and inherent mana of all people in our care, and their whānau.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates who can demonstrate strong alignment to our kaupapa and our organisation values, as well as evidencing the following key requirements:

  • Registered Nurse who holds a current Nursing Council of NZ Annual Practising Certificate;
  • Post-grad qualification in mental health or working towards, or equivalent learning;
  • Strong cultural competence – understands the Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its application, and has cultural knowledge and experience of working with and for Maori, whānau and iwi;
  • Specialist mental health nursing experience in a primary/community, secondary or tertiary setting;
  • Demonstrable relevant experience including working with people presenting with acute and complex mental health and/or addictions issues; and
  • A proven understanding of the professional, ethical and legislative requirements of providing mental health service care and treatment within a prison context.

Tono ināianei | Apply now

Interested? Apply online! Upload your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) that clearly describes your motivation for applying and that highlights your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities that meet the essential criteria. Alignment to our kaupapa is critical to our success – we ask that you provide examples which reflect and demonstrate our organisation values.

Applications close 9pm on Thursday, 25 February 2021.

Interviews will take place from the week commencing 8 March onwards, from a southern region corrections office (or remotely using MS Teams). Interviews may include an assessment component.

The salary range for this role starts from $88,625 up to $98,306 based on demonstrable skills and experience.

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