Registered Mental Health Nurse – New Zealand

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Cpl Healthcare in partnership with the MidCentral District Health Board in New Zealand are recruiting a Registered Mental Health Nurse to join their team in Palmerston North.

The nurse works in partnership with patients and their families/ whanau, and collaborates with the multidisciplinary team, to provide quality nursing care that is safe, cost effective and in accordance with the Nursing Philosophy, professional and organisational standards, policy and procedure.

This is a rostered and rotating position, including night duties within the Acute Mental Health Inpatient Ward (Ward 21). The purpose of this role is to provide quality nursing care for patients under the Mental Health Act (1999) and informal patients.

The role includes working both on the open side of the ward and within the High Needs Unit

The Registered Nurse will work collaboratively with other members of the Nursing team, Allied Health, Medical staff, the community Mental Health staff and general hospital staff to provide quality nursing care to patients/service users accessing inpatient services.

The Registered Nurse will also undertake other nursing related responsibilities as directed by the Charge Nurse or Associate Charge Nurse (after-hours).

This position requires the Registered Nurse to complete the in-service High Needs Unit Skills and Knowledge programme which includes Safe Practice and Effective Communication training and its application.

After-hours this role is supported by the Associate Charge Nurse (ACN), however please note this position reports to the Charge Nurse.


Essential Qualifications

  • Registered Psychiatric Nurse or Registered
  • Comprehensive Nurse or other Registered Nurse with mental health nursing included in their scope of practice conditions, with current practising certificate.
  • Level 2

  • Evidence of competent skills and knowledge in mental health nursing
  • Professional portfolio at Level 2 or evidence of attainment of Level 2 competencies
  • Level 3

  • Evidence of proficient skills and knowledge in mental health nursing
  • Professional portfolio at Level3 or evidence of attainment of Level 3 competencies
  • Performance Development

  • This will occur in accordance with the performance development process, with review against the agreed performance development plan at 3 and 12 months.
  • Vulnerable Children Act

  • Meets the statutory and organisational requirements for working with children, as per the
  • Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and MidCentral District Health Board policy, including a satisfactory police check and other safety checking processes.
  • Essential Competencies

  • Consistently applies the Nursing Process (ADPIE) in practice;
    – Assessment: Completes timely systematic holistic assessments to determine actual and high-risk problems.
    – Diagnosis (nursing) and outcome identification.: Analyses assessment data and determines, verifies, prioritises and documents Nursing Diagnoses and outcomes.
    – Planning: In partnership with the person, develops an individualised plan of care to achieve the desired outcomes.
    – Intervention: : Implements & co-ordinates interventions to deliver the planned care.
    – Evaluation: Evaluates and systematically records progress toward attainment of desired outcomes and revise the plan of care as necessary.
  • Consistently practises nursing in a culturally safe, negotiated and therapeutic partnership with the client / family / whanau / health team members, recognising and respecting the boundaries of a professional relationship with the client
  • Ability to work effectively within a busy environment with competing demands
  • Ability to meet service timeframes for documentation
  • Promote /family/whanau participation in their recovery
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated initiative, innovation and flexibility in practice
  • Professional demeanour and appropriate standard of dress at all times
  • Assessment and documentation of a comprehensive mental state evaluation
  • Basic keyboard/ computer skills
  • A working knowledge of the Mental Health Act (1992) Amendments (2000)
    Assists colleagues in the management of mental health emergency situations
    Participates in clinical supervision
  • Demonstrates satisfactory working relationships and knowledge of community agencies
  • Standards of Practice

  • In addition to evidence of Level 2 /Level 3
  • Competencies the Registered Nurse will maintain the Standards of Practice for Mental Health Nursing in Aotearoa New Zealand as set by; Te Ao Maramatanga New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses Inc, 3rd edition, September 2012.
    As from 5 August 2019 the annual salary for the appointment will be within the salary range NZ$58,491 (step 2) to NZ$75,132 (step 6). Movement through the salary steps are annual increment.

    Salary is proportionate to hours worked.

    As negotiated with the Charge Nurse (Full Time available)

    The successful candidate will be offered a relocation allowance of up to $5000 (NZ).