Clinical Nurse Specialist - Milk Bank (Neonatal Services)

  • 0.4 FTE permanent part-time position available.
  • Registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand with a current APC.
  • Have at least 5 years working within the neonatal specialty.

Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

The Team: What we do

The Neonatal Service at Christchurch Women’s Hospital is a 41 bedded unit compromised of 11 intensive care and 30 special care cots. It is a busy acute service providing secondary/tertiary care to new-born babies born prematurely or with surgical, congenital and medical complications following birth. The service is responsible for neonatal transport within Canterbury, West Coast of the South Island and further afield for surgical neonates.

The Human Milk Bank serves the sick and preterm babies at Christchurch Women’s Hospital. The milk bank manager and milk bank aide work closely together to provide a safe and sustainable supply of pasteurised donor milk. Situated in the neonatal unit the bank is part of a larger multidisciplinary team that promotes protects and supports breastfeeding and lactation for mothers in the Neonatal Unit.

The Role: Where you fit in

We are seeking a permanent 0.4 FTE (16hrs a week) Clinical Nurse Specialist, Milk Bank Manager to join the milk bank team. Working weekdays in office hours. The bank is currently not open on public holidays or weekends.

In this role, you will be:

  • Hold/working towards a relevant post graduate qualification.
  • Experience and/or an understanding of the neonatal milk bank.
  • Demonstrated skills in nursing leadership.
  • Competent computer skills and working with excel spreadsheets.
  • Motivated and flexible self-starter with the ability to work both in a large multidisciplinary team and autonomously.
  • Effective time management and advanced problem solving, and assessment skills are imperative.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to engage a wide range of people.
  • Ability to build, strong effective relationships with our families and with our many other stakeholders with whom you liaise.

Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi

Putting people at the heart of all we do Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity. 

Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

The Canterbury DHB believes that diversity and inclusion is key to ensure we deliver the best care for our diverse population. The Canterbury DHB is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.  

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.

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Permanent/Part Time

Job no: PC0650262

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Apply Now