Registered Nurses - Emergency Department, Nelson

Casual and parental leave positions available

Nelson Hospital

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

  • ED or Acute Care post-registration experience is required
  • So many outdoor activities and tracks close by
  • Very laid back, family orientated place to live
  • AMAZING PARKING. Hard to believe but you can park on the street outside and be at work in 2 minutes!

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

You will never have an uneventful day in the Nelson Hospital Emergency Department! 

ED nursing uses all your skills and provides daily learning opportunities, with around 28,000 patient presentations per annum across the lifespan. We focus on excellent, quality care and are committed to improving the experience of patients and their whanau.

We have a number of casual and parental leave positions available:

Casual positions- working on an as required basis across all shifts, covering staff leave and periods of peak service demand. Some forward planning and rostering will be available when covering planned leave. However, it's important that you have the flexibility to sometimes work at short notice.

Temporary positions covering parental leave for up to 12 months:

  • 0.5FTE (40 hours a fortnight) from April 2022
  • 0.7FTE (56 hours a fortnight) from mid to late June 2022
  • 0.8FTE (64 hours a fortnight) from mid-March 2022

Important: Please indicate which position(s) you're interested in via your covering letter.

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

You will be a NZ Registered Nurse with a current NZNC practising certificate and post-registration nursing experience in ED or acute care. You will also be a team player, who enjoys keeping up to date with clinical practice, with excellent organisational and time management skills and a commitment to quality.

Te Whatu Ora staff must have completed their primary course of NZ approved COVID-19 vaccines as they have direct contact with patients and members of the public.

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Te Whatu Ora is the main health provider for Te Tau Ihu, 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) 

What our nurses say about living in Nelson and working at Nelson ED.

  • The team here is amazing. Such a variety of backgrounds and people you can learn from at different ages and stages of life. People have a lot of different interests that you may be interested in and can find a buddy.
  • Everyone here is very welcoming, I never felt out of place or like I had to try hard to fit in 😊
  • Very laid back, family orientated place to live. If you're looking for something less hustle and bustle, like the big cities, Nelson is an amazing place to be.

The full-time equivalent salary range for these RN positions is $72,061 to $95,340 based on the current NZNO Nursing and Midwifery MECA, (pay equity adjusted) dependent on skills, experience, and registration in NZ.

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

For role specific information please contact Vicki Bijl, Charge Nurse Manager on

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274. 

Keen to apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form and include a brief covering letter indicating which position/s you are interested in.


Applications close: Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Te Whatu Ora 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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Permanent/Part Time, Casual, Temporary/Part Time

Job no: N23-ED-Jan

Location: Nelson Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled