Health Care Assistant (Casual Resource Pool) Nelson Hospital

  • Permanent casual positions working across a range of shifts and wards
  • Assist nursing staff to provide patient-centred care in a supportive environment
  • Opportunities for career development

 About the role

We are looking for people who have a mature outlook and the ability to get on with a wide variety of people. As a Health Care Assistant you will be part of our dedicated nursing environment with full support. Your role is to work within the team to assist nursing staff in care delivery, one to one patient watches, and other tasks as directed.

It is important that you have the flexibility to work both rostered and rotating shifts, including night duty, as needed. As these are casual positions you could expect ad hoc shifts (covering leave and illness), with some forward planning and scheduling available covering planned leave.

As this is an 'open until filled' vacancy, applications will be reviewed regularly and progressed as the casual resource pool requires additional staff.

About you

You will need to be caring and compassionate with the desire to provide quality, patient-centred care. You will also have the ability to work in a flexible and methodical manner, be honest and reliable, and use appropriate initiative. Good communication is essential, along with the ability to develop your skills and knowledge.

Experience within the health sector is preferred, but not essential as full training will be provided. 

Required qualifications include:


  • Year 11 NCEA level 1 English (or equivalent)
  • Year 11 NCEA level 1 Maths (or equivalent)
  • NZQA Level 3 qualification (or equivalent)*


  • Home Carer Certificate (or equivalent)

Mandatory Requirement

*NZQA Level 3: New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing - Health Assistance Strand, if not previously attained, to be commenced once orientations have been attended.

About us

Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) is the main health service provider for New Zealand’s Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions, serving nearly 145,000 people across two main hospitals, public health and a range of community services. We provide a great place to work with professional development opportunities, job security, and workplace wellness programmes.

Find out more about us

How to apply

Keen to apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form 

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274. Alternatively, for role specific information please contact Jayne Rolfe, Charge Nurse Manager – Patient Flow,

Ref: N19-134

Applications close: Open until filled


Job no: N19-134

Location: Nelson Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled