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Registered Nurse Level 2 - Registered Nurse

Canberra Health Services - Canberra, ACT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


Job Title

Registered Nurse

Classification: Registered Nurse Level 2


Number: 18514, several

Annual Salary: $94,409 - $100,061

Branch: Adult Acute Mental Health Services

Division: Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services

Vacancy Type: Permanent full-time

Closing Date: 6 July 2021

Contact Officer: Monique Fielder (02) 5124 5452 Monique.t.fielder@act.gov.au

Our Vision: Creating exceptional health care together.

Our Role: To be a health service that is trusted by our community.

Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind

Position Overview

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website: https://www.health.act.gov.au/

Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services provides health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery and maintenance and harm minimisation. The participation of the people who use the service, including families and carers, is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.

The Division delivers services at a number of locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres, other community settings including people’s home. These services include:

  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol & Drug Services
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Justice Health Services
  • Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services
Adult Acute Mental Health Services incorporates the Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU), the Mental Health Short Stay Unit (MHSSU) and the Consultation Liaison (CL) Team across the Emergency Department and Canberra Hospital.

AMHU is a 40 bed inpatient unit for people experiencing moderate to severe mental illness. AMHU is a contemporary evidence-based service providing high quality mental health care, guided by the principles of Recovery. The service aims to provide collaborative care involving the consumer, their carers and other key services. MHSSU is a low dependency 6 bed inpatient unit in the Emergency Department for people requiring extended mental health assessment and or treatment initiation. Planned service expansion will see the opening of a new 10 -bed low dependency inpatient unit at Canberra Hospital in 2021.

At this level it is expected that you will provide, under limited supervision, high quality clinical nursing, skills and care to achieve sound outcomes for people with mental illness. It is also an expectation that you will contribute your expertise to the multidisciplinary team, provide supervision to staff at the RN1 level and support the Assistant Director of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Consultants and Nurse Unit Manager. In this role you will be required to undertake professional development, supervision, participate in quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team processes.

This is a full-time position working across AAMHS on a rotating shift roster, including morning, evening, and night shifts.

About You

CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities
  • Demonstrated clinical leadership and the ability to develop all members of the team.
  • Be able to communicate with influence, particularly with the diverse teams including internal and external parties within acute mental health care.
  • Be flexible, adaptable, and able to be comfortable with a changing work environment.
Eligibility/Other Requirements

  • Be registered or eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Minimum of two years’ recent experience working professionally in an acute mental health facility.
  • The successful applicant will need to be available to work on a seven day a week roster filling morning, evening, and night shifts.
  • Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.
  • Hold or be working toward Post Graduate qualification in mental health nursing.
  • Clinical leadership experience
  • Current driver’s licence
Prior To Commencement Successful Candidates Will Be Required To
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
Notes: A merit pool will be established from this vacancy and used to fill future vacancies over the next 12 months.


Under Limited Direction You Will
  • Provide leadership in the provision of high-level person-centred care to people with complex mental health needs consistent with the National Mental Health Standards and Mental Health Nursing Standards.
  • Provide clinical nursing expertise and apply specific skills in support of the multidisciplinary team process and liaise with multidisciplinary community teams, General Practitioners, carers, and other agencies.
  • Actively apply recovery-based intervention principles.
  • Undertake as an active team member the monitoring and evaluation of initiatives to improve the quality of care provided to consumers, and ensure support and supervision are provided to student nurses and student enrolled nurses.
  • Undertake clinical supervision and professional development activities and participate in clinical governance systems and processes through quality activities, care evaluation, outcomes measurement and membership of committees and working parties.
  • Work within the requirements of the Mental Health Act 2015 and other relevant legislation.
  • Provide clinical nursing leadership and be responsible for staff and consumers when in charge of a shift.
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the organisation.
What You Require

These are the key selection criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resumé and experience:
  • Proven competency and commitment in the provision of evidence-informed mental health care to people during the acute phase of their illness; and to actively encourage them to participate in their care using a recovery-oriented approach in line with National Standards for Mental Health Services, national mental health priorities and contemporary models for mental health service delivery.
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to delegate, develop and provide direction for staff whilst working within professional legislation.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and appropriately (orally, non-verbally and in writing), in a diverse range of situations including negotiation and consultation using consistent and transparent processes and working within a multidisciplinary team both internal and external to the service.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary trends and issues related to mental health practice with proven evidence of commitment to clinical supervision, professional development, and active participation to quality improvement and education that promote evidence-based mental health practice and improved health outcomes.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Work, Health and Safety (WHS) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.

Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system. Applications must include a copy of a current resumé, and

A response to the selection criteria under “what you require” in no more than three pages.

Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.

CHS Contact

Monique Fielder, AAMHS Inpatient Units Nurse Unit Manager

Phone 5124 5452

Email monique.t.fielder@act.gov.au

Canberra, ACT

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