11 April 2023 • College News

Vacancy: Experienced Mental Health Nurses - Nelson

Permanent/Full Time, Permanent/Part Time

Job no: N23-InpatientMH-Apr

Location: Nelson Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled

Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses with Mental Health nursing experience

Nelson Hospital

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

If you’re looking for a change and a challenge, then come and join us at Wāhi Oranga – the Inpatient Mental Health Unit for the Nelson and Marlborough region.

  • Permanent full-time and part-time positions available. (Please indicate your preference via your covering letter.)
  • Delivery of acute through to rehab care.
  • Great team that strives for a positive work environment with balanced and safe workloads. 

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

We are looking for enthusiastic and skilled Registered and Enrolled Nurses who would like to join our multi-disciplinary inpatient mental health team. We’re a great team passionate about mental health and delivering a high standard of care. Our service provides inpatient care for acute through to rehabilitation. 

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

  • You are a NZ Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse with the confidence to work autonomously and the resilience to manage a busy workload.
  • You are culturally aware and keen to reduce the barriers that make accessing services difficult for our Maori clients. 
  • You are driven to work in a pro-active manner and embrace change and development.

Te Whatu Ora staff must have completed their primary course of two NZ approved COVID-19 vaccines as they have direct contact with patients and members of the public.

Required skills and knowledge include:

  • Well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to work across the mental health inpatient continuum 

Knowledge of:

  • Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act, 1992
  • PPPR Act – Welfare Guardian
  • Sensory Modulation Principles in Mental Health
  • Mental status examinations and risk assessments. 

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

We offer a great team environment and are supportive of professional development and we strive to create a positive work environment with balanced and safe workloads. We do great work and we need a great team to help us deliver. 

Nelson is one of New Zealand’s top lifestyle destinations with abundant sunshine and an amazing variety of leisure pursuits, beaches, rivers and national parks with great opportunities for outdoor activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, tramping, skiing, golf, sailing, as well as plenty of sunshine and outstanding scenery. For more information on the Nelson/Tasman region visit 

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Te Whatu Ora is the main health provider for the Te Tau Ihu, 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) 

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

If we have sparked your interest, and you would like to find out more, please contact Nikita Fleming, CNM Wahi Oranga via 

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or +64 3-539 5746.

Please email to request a copy of the Enrolled Nurse position description.

Apply now. It’s easy – Please fill in our online application form. 


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

Te Whatu Ora 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.