Clinical Nurse Specialist - Acute Pain

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

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The CNS Acute Pain will act in the role of clinical expert, educator, consultant, researcher, and leader in the pursuit of clinical excellence in the delivery of patient centered care.

As part of the CNS team, this role works collaboratively with multidisciplinary health professionals within contemporary models of care, to lead improvements in Acute Pain Management and Care. The role is instrumental in supporting the wider health sector in South Canterbury to become an effective customer driven, safety conscious, quality service which reflects the needs of the local community.  There is also an element of complex case management within the acute pain portfolio.

Success factors for role include:

  • Nursing Council of NZ registration, and current APC
  • A relevant postgraduate qualification or be willing to work towards this qualification
  • Develop and maintain Senior RN Nurse PDRP
  • Significant relevant clinical experience and proven critical thinking ability
  • Ability to work collaboratively with health professionals and as an autonomous practitioner. 
  • Excellent clinical assessment skills and role model for contemporary clinical practice
  • Current New Zealand Divers License

Why choose Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury?

As one of the country’s smaller regions 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 Te Whatu Ora – South Canterbury, 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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If you have any questions regarding this role, please contact Human Resources by phoning 03 687-2230.

Applications will remain open and close without notice once a suitable applicant 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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Permanent/Part Time

Job no: AQAN3138015

Location: Timaru Hospital

Closing Date: OPEN