Clinical Nurse Specialist - ENT




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Location:  Wellington Regional Hospital

                  Role predominantly based at CCDHB.

Service:    Ear Nose and Throat sub-regional service.

Contract:  Fixed Term 1 year covering parental leave. Full time 40hrs per week Mon-Fri

Salary:     Grade 4 Senior Nurse and Midwifery Salary Scale

About the role

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced registered nurse to become the next Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery (ENT) also known as Otorhinolaryngology (ORL), and Head and Neck Surgery.  The ENT team provides inpatient and outpatient care to the greater Wellington region population at Wellington, Kenepuru, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa hospital sites.    This position is primarily based at CCDHB, however the successful candidate will be expected to work across all sites within the greater Wellington sub-region as required.

The CNS role is a broad spectrum role which works across the clinical environment, providing ENT patients and health care providers with the clinical expertise and speciality advice according to best practice. Practice development and supporting change implementation is an important aspect of this role.  The CNS will work closely with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT), with the aim of improving patient outcomes and optimising care. 

The successful person must have proven leadership skills, be able to work autonomously, relish change and have a good understanding of how outpatient services function.  While previous ear examination skills would be an advantage, we are willing to offer specialist training to the right person.  If you are interested and have the right skills please do not hesitate to apply


  • Manage CNS led clinics to meet patient and service needs with potential to further develop these with role development
  • Provide leadership with clinical expertise to support practice development (knowledge and skills) and care for managing patients awaiting surgery and interventional procedures
  • Improve health outcomes in patient populations by providing clinical expertise in direct patient care and in collaboration with other health professionals
  • Plan, deliver, and evaluate care based on knowledge translation to enhance patient and their whanau/families care experience 
  • Role model good communication skills, that support clinical collaboration with nurses and other multi-disciplinary professionals across the health sector
  • Contribute to improved coordination of care across sectors in line with national initiatives such as timely access to surgery and treatment within clinically indicated timeframes to prevent disease progression and clinical deterioration with appropriate follow-up care. 

Skills & Experience

  • Proven ENT/Otolaryngology nursing experience and knowledge 
  • Post graduate study
  • Expert PDRP or working towards submitting this 
  • Proven ability to take initiative and work unsupervised
  • An enthusiasm and passion for developing speciality nursing in the ENT/Otolaryngology area of practice 
  • Current work visa
  • Current Registered Nurse APC

About our organisation

Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is located centrally in Wellington and has over 6,000 full-time equivalent staff, making us one of the major employers in the Wellington region. CCDHB operates two hospitals – Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown and Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua – as well as the Kapiti Health Centre at Paraparaumu. 

CCDHB provides a range of specialist services including neurosurgery, oncology, neonatal intensive care and community-based services including district nursing, rehabilitation services, social work, alcohol and drug services, and home support services to a population of around 900,000 people.

Hutt Valley DHB (HVDHB) works with other health care providers to plan, fund, and provide a range of healthcare services for people in the Hutt Valley.  The Hutt Valley population consists of approximately 145,000 citizens of Hutt City, Upper Hutt, Petone, Wainuiomata and Eastbourne.

Both CCDHB and HVDHB are pro-equity Health Organisations, with a particular focus on Māori, Pacific Peoples. and the Disability Community.

How to apply

Applications close 1 October 2021. For further information on this role please email and indicate the job title and vacancy number in the subject line.

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Fixed Term/Contract/Full Time

Job no: NM214-21

Location: Lower Hutt, Wellington

Closing Date: Friday, 1 October 2021