Health Care Assistants (Casual) Nelson Hospital

Nelson Hospital

Experience within the health sector is essential to become a member of the Nelson Hospital HCA Casual Pool. 

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand (Nelson Marlborough) formerly NMDHB

  • Work alongside our nursing team to help provide services to patients
  • Opportunity to learn and further develop your skills
  • Flexibility to work on a casual basis, sometimes at short notice

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

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 Therapeutic observations and other tasks as directed.

We are looking to appoint casual positions, working on an as required basis, primarily across AM and PM shifts, rostered Monday to Sunday, with the occasional Night Shift.

Shift times

  • AM: 0700 -1500
  • PM: 1500-2300
  • Night shifts: 2300 - 0700 (occasional)

N.B. There are no fixed hours of work associated with casual employment; however, some forward planning will be available when covering planned leave. The more shifts you're available to work the more hours you will be offered.

The full-time equivalent salary for a Health Care Assistant ranges from $58,100 to $68,309 based on the current NZNO Nursing & Midwifery MECA, dependent on experience and relevant qualifications.

We practice in a collaborative patient partnership model of care to achieve best outcomes for our patients/families and whānau.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

You will have a mature outlook, the ability to get on with a wide variety of people, good information technology (IT) skills (especially with MS Excel and Word) and excellent organisational and communication skills.

You will also have the ability to work in a flexible and methodical manner, demonstrating honesty and reliability, and will be adaptable to change, use appropriate initiative and respond flexibly to service needs.

Experience within the health sector is essential and additional training will be provided. 



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

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

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) is the main health provider for the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau hospitals, but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make a difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork.

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)

Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position) 

You will be joining a great team that values teamwork and is committed to supporting the best possible health outcomes for our patients.

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

Apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form.

We are only accepting applications from those who already have the right to work in NZ. You must be a NZ or Australian Citizen, or NZ Permanent Resident or have a valid NZ work visa at the time of applying for your application to be considered. Applications must be made online via our careers site. Any emailed CVs or cover letters will be automatically deleted.

If you have any other general questions about this role, please contact our recruitment team on


Applications close: Open until filled (applicants will be reviewed as received).

Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

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Job no: N23-683-HCA-C-Nov

Location: Nelson Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled