Registered or Enrolled Nurse or RNAA - Theatres

Wairau Hospital, Blenheim 

Permanent and parental leave positions (0.6 to 1.0FTE)

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

  • Enthusiastic RNs/ENs/RNAAs with Theatre experience
  • Challenging environment with plenty of variety
  • Our beautiful region is diverse and mountainous, but our communities are personal and friendly

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

Wairau Hospital's Theatre Suite consists of 5 operating theatres with a recovery room, a sterile services department and a day stay unit. 

We have two positions available, based in the main theatre department, where we provide public acute and elective services, as well as private cases. Shifts are rostered Monday-Sunday, with on call after hours and at the weekends. 

Surgical specialties covered include: General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Gynaecology, Urology, ENT, Ophthalmology, Dental and Acute/Trauma.

Opportunities include:

  • Permanent 0.8 to 1.0FTE (64 to 80 hours a fortnight).
  • Temporary 0.6 (48 hours a fortnight) covering parental leave until mid-October 2023.

Please indicate your tenure and FTE preference via your covering letter.

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

You will be an experienced Registered or Enrolled Theatre Nurse or RN Assistant to Anaesthetist (RNAA) with the ability to care for patients undergoing a variety of acute and elective surgical procedures. 

Teamwork is key in the operating theatre, so you will need to be a team-player with a collaborative attitude towards patient care.

We value the diverse skillset that our nurses bring, and we want to hear from you.

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)

We are a friendly, supportive team committed to delivering excellence in quality of care to our patients. 

Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) is the main health provider for the Te Tau Ihu, the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals and the Richmond and Marlborough Health Hubs, 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)

We offer plenty of opportunities for extra training, leadership and projects – your development matters to us!

Situated at the top of the South Island, Blenheim is well known for its temperate climate, award winning wineries, stunning scenery and outdoor pursuits - all available within minutes of the town centre. For more information on the Marlborough region visit

The full-time equivalent salary range for:

  • a Registered Nurse is $64,291 through to $83,186
  • an Enrolled Nurse is $54,432 to $62,847

based on the current NZNO Nursing and Midwifery MECA, dependent on skills, experience, and registration in NZ.

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

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

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274. Alternatively, for role specific information please contact Annette Enright, Charge Nurse Manager Perioperative Services on 

If you would like a copy of the Enrolled Nurse position description, please request a copy via the vacancies email address above. 


Applications close: Open until filled (applications will be reviewed as 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/Full Time, Permanent/Part Time, Temporary/Part Time

Job no: W23-Theatre-WR-Jan

Location: Wairau Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled