18 May 2023 • College News

Job Vacancy: Registered Nurses - Older Persons' Mental Health



Inpatient Unit – Alexandra Hospital, Richmond, Nelson

Permanent part-time to full-time options

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand (Nelson Marlborough) formerly NMDHB

  • Help deliver best possible health outcomes for our elderly patients

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

We are looking for NZ Registered or Enrolled Nurses to join our team on a permanent basis working within the 0.5FTE to 1.0FTE to range (e.g. 40 to 80 hours a fortnight) to suit your availability. Preference is given to applicants who can work all shifts (morning, afternoon and nights); however, there is some room for negotiation for the right applicants.

**Important – please state your preferred FTE or hours/fortnight in your covering letter.**

The Older Persons’ Mental Health Inpatient Unit, at Alexandra Hospital in Richmond, provides psychiatric and geriatric care for the older members of our community. We aspire to provide high quality inpatient care to patients with acute mental health needs and/or complex age-related health conditions. We work in partnership with our patients, their families, the clinical team and community carers and supports to achieve the best possible health outcome for the patient.

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

You will have current NCNZ registration and practising certificate, with no conditions that exclude Mental Health Scope of Practice, and a minimum of one year’s post-registration nursing experience is desirable.

Te Whatu Ora staff must have completed their primary course of two NZ approved Covid-19 vaccinations.

You will have knowledge of:

  • physical and mental disorders commonly experienced in older persons
  • contemporary treatment approaches including person-centred care, sensory modulation, therapeutic use of self and therapeutic use of psychiatric medications
  • mental Health assessment and care planning
  • mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act, 1992
  • PPPR Act – Welfare Guardianship.

Your skills will include:

  • well-developed interpersonal skills
  • ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary team
  • ability to work effectively with patients who have challenging behaviours.

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

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 and the Richmond and Marlborough Health Hubs, 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)

Older Person’s Mental Health is a growing and developing service providing physical and mental health professional development opportunities for the right applicants.

You will be joining a great team that values teamwork and is committed to supporting the best possible health outcomes for our elderly patients.

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

Apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form. Please complete our online application form and include a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and the FTE (or hours/fortnight) that you’d prefer.

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03-539 5746. Alternatively for role specific information please contact Christine Ball, Nurse Manager – Older Persons Mental Health via email to

As only one position description (PD) can be uploaded against a vacancy on our careers site, please email to request a copy of the Enrolled Nurse PD.


Applications close: Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received.

Te Whatu Ora 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.