Registered Nurse - Mental Health Inpatients

Inpatient Mental Health Service – Kensington Centre

2 Positions available:

  • Permanent, Part time, 75 hour per fortnight, Rostered Shifts
  • Fixed-Term, Covering Parental Leave until Mar 2023, Part time, 75 hour per fortnight, Rostered Shifts


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Life is a collection of small moments: meaningful moments, challenging moments, moments to remember. At SCDHB, we want to support our people to enjoy more of the moments that matter. Are you ready to join us?

Right now, we are looking for a Registered Nurse with lots of compassion and an interest in mental health to become part of the team here in Timaru. The role is part time at 75 hours per fortnight (0.94 FTE), with 24/7 rostered shifts booked on a 4 days on 2 days off basis, giving you the flexibility to live your life.

You will join our Inpatient multidisciplinary team, who use the “Strengths Model” approach to assist client recovery. We hope you will make a difference in this positive team environment, where initiative is rewarded with active support allowing for high standards of service delivery. 

You will have time to invest in your clients and team and enjoy a well-established structure which contributes to achieving the best outcomes for our clients. 

The role includes responsibility for inpatient clients identified with moderate to severe psychiatric disorders who are in the acute stage, requiring a period of close observation &/or intensive intervention where this is unable to be safely provided in the community.  Input into comprehensive clinical assessments and the development of recovery / treatment plans is required.

You must be a Registered Nurse who enjoys working within a collaborative team environment.  Psychiatric / mental health experience would be advantageous.

You will not be required to wear uniforms while on the ward, but your own clothes instead.


Why choose South Canterbury DHB?

As one of the country’s smaller DHBs our people always have room to move and grow - you’ll get a wider exposure to specialties and enjoy the benefits of a flat structure: processes that run smoothly and a fun, friendly culture. With us, you’re more than just a number; you’re part of a team where everyone knows your name. You’ll be supported to thrive through our many professional development opportunities and have the chance to share your expertise as part of our graduate mentoring programme.

On top of all that, you’ll get to enjoy the fantastic Timaru lifestyle: between the beach and the mountains, work-life balance is truly achievable here.

At SCDHB, integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence are at the heart of everything we do. We are a proudly diverse team, as we know a diverse and inclusive workforce achieves the best outcomes for our patients and communities. If you share in these core values and bring them into every aspect of your patient care, we can’t wait for you to join us.


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We look forward to receiving your application directly via our Careers Site.

If you have any questions regarding this role please contact Human Resources by phoning 03 687-2230.

Closing Date: OPEN 2022

Advert will be closed early once a suitable candidate is found


As part of our duty of care towards our patients, it is crucial that all patient-facing staff be fully immunised. If you have made it to the later stages of recruitment, you will be expected to produce your immunisation records for infection control purposes.


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Job no: KZAJ1137669

Location: Mental Health Services (Kensington Centre)

Closing Date: OPEN 2022