19 September 2022 • College News

Job Vacancy: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Wāhi Oranga (Inpatient MH)

Fixed Term/Full Time

Job no: N22-485

Location: Nelson Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled

Location: Wāhi Oranga, Inpatient Mental Health Unit, Nelson Hospital

  • Be part of a vibrant team committed to client-centred care
  • Work collaboratively to help lead best practice for high needs clients transitioning to the community
  • Fixed-term, full-time position until late May 2023

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Senior Registered Nurse with extensive mental health nursing expertise. You will have advanced specialist knowledge of the health needs, preferences and circumstances to optimise the individual’s health and well-being at various phases across the continuum of care for acute mental health inpatients.

This role will also provide clinical expertise and leadership to ensure safe and effective services to individual clients, with high needs and complexity, who currently reside in the community to support these consumers to remain in the community and avoid lengthy admissions.

The role has a key focus on the teaching of health professionals, patients and whānau through facilitation of both formal and informal learning opportunities. This also includes leading the development of a model of care that supports staff to work to the top of their scope of practice by identifying and supporting training needs and oversight.

The salary for this position is within the range $97,699 to $107,341 (Senior Nurse Scale – Grade four) based on the current Mental Health and Public Health MECA.

Days of work based on the working hours can be flexible Monday to Friday.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

You will have at least five years working in Mental Health tertiary or secondary services, including participating in service and care planning within multidisciplinary teams of professionals focused on effective delivery of mental health and addiction care.

Additional key requirements for the position include the following:

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Nursing (minimum) working towards Masters in Nursing qualification
  • Extensive clinical expertise within mental health care and education to people with acute or enduring severe mental illness
  • Evidence of attainment of Expert Portfolio on the PDRP (or working towards)
  • Current registration and annual practising certificate
  • Leadership, teamwork and collaboration skills integral to continuity of service delivery
  • Good time management skills and ability to manage work in a planned and coordinated manner

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

We value our cohesive team culture of collaborative practice, openness, humour and respect across disciplines and engender confidence, trust and rapport with clients and their support networks.

We work with people of our community to promote, encourage and enable their health, wellbeing and independence by providing flexible responsive integrated mental health and addiction services.

Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) is the main health provider for the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make a difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork.

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More information)

Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position)

As a key clinical leadership position within the inpatient mental health service at Nelson Hospital, the CNS role will provide the next step in advanced nursing practice. You will enjoy working in partnership with patients, whānau and multidisciplinary practitioners providing key evidence-based nursing knowledge, practice and leadership to achieve optimum outcomes for people in our community with acute or enduring mental health needs. Working to deliver services to national standards for restraint minimisation and safe practice.

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274

For role specific information please contact Nikita Fleming, Charge Nurse Manager – Wāhi Oranga at

Keen to apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form and include a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position.

For the health and safety of staff and patients all Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) staff are required to comply with the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, including boosters.


Applications are open until filled.

Applications will be reviewed as received.

Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.


He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.