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Nurse Educator – Intensive Care Unit

We’re looking for a part-time Nurse Educator to join the ICU based at Whangarei Hospital.

Want to know more? Contact Sarah Pickery, Clinical Nurse Manager now +64 9 430 4101 ext 8112 

Ready to make the move? Contact the Recruitment Team at Northland District Health Board now ( or apply now


About the role:

It is a part-time position working 32 hours per week. There is flexibility in the working hours with the ability to work 4x 8 hour days between Monday and Friday.

This is a varied role where no two days will feel the same – whether it be providing on the floor clinical support to staff, training and development, or supporting Group Leaders developing group study days.

You will be responsible for the facilitation of education for our ICU nursing team, who have a wide range of experience. You will also work closely with the Clinical Nurse Manager to develop and expand the current ICU Education programme and support clinical practice in bed spaces when required.

In addition, you will provide educational support to the flight team and the PAR Team and develop a simulation training portfolio. This is a role which requires a clinical component as well as a desk-based component.




About the team:

Whangarei Hospital is a Level 2 ICU with an incorporated HDU.  We have a flight retrieval service which is run from the ICU and a separate Patient at Risk team based in the unit.

Our modern eight-bed Level 2 Critical Care Unit admits around 500 patient per year with a vision to expand our admission capacity. We also provide nursing and medical cover for a busy flight retrieval service in conjunction with Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) – overseeing approximately 480 helicopter transfers per year. We are mainly an adult ICU but also admit paediatric patients.

Excitingly we have been increasing our support and presence to smaller rural hospitals in Kaitaia, Bay of Islands, Dargaville and Rawene via state of art telehealth set up. 


About you:

If you are motivated, enthusiastic and passionate about Intensive Care nursing then we want to hear from you.

You will have at least 5 year’s nursing experience in the critical care setting, hold a current practising certificate and a relevant postgraduate qualification, and be passionate about education with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with others.

Ideally you will have current or recent experience as a Nurse Educator and hold or be working towards a Masters.

You will have the opportunity to attend study days and continuing educational opportunities to remain upskilled and pass knowledge on to the ICU Team.


Northland DHB

The DHB employs over 3,600 staff. Acute services are provided through the DHB’s four hospitals, based at Whangarei, Dargaville, Kawakawa and Kaitaia, with elective surgery performed at Whangarei and Kaitaia.

These services are supplemented by a network of community-based, outpatient and mental health services, a range of allied health services, and a public and population health unit. Some specialist services, like radiation treatment and neurology services are provided from Auckland or through visiting specialists travelling to Northland.

The DHB allocates funding across the health sector in Northland, contracting with a range of community-based service providers such as Mahitahi Hauora, our single Primary Health Entity, dentists, pharmacies and other non-government organisations.

A lot is expected of us. Our stakeholders include our patients and consumers, their whānau/family, the people of Northland, our Board, our staff, and the Minister and Ministry of Health. We have obligations to each of them which are reflected in our Vision, Mission and Values.

Our Values matter, resonate with us and go a long way to keeping us safe, healthy and happy.  They provide the basis for our organisational culture and remind us what's important.

Northland District Health Board is also an Approved Accredited Employer by the New Zealand Immigration Service.


Our Region

Northland is New Zealand’s northernmost region and the first to be settled by Polynesians and Europeans. Because of our comfortable climate and stunning landscape, our region is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We have an abundance of ancient forests and historical sites, and are surrounded by world-class beaches, with over 100 beaches in the Whangarei District alone. Further north on the west coast, one beach alone is 110 kilometres long.

Whangarei is set between the bustling city of Auckland and the magic of Cape Reinga.  The region is renowned for giant sand dunes and kauri trees, exciting wildlife, vast areas of green, productive farmland and fruit orchards. 

We hold the highest average annual temperature in New Zealand, with summer daytime temperatures ranging between 22°C - 26°C. Our winters are very mild, with winter night-time minimums only dropping to around 7°C on the odd occasion. Light frosts are possible in sheltered areas but are not common, and snow is unheard of in low regions.

The region has an average of 2000 annual sunshine hours, and rainfall is around 1,500 – 2,000mm annually, but approximately one-third of that falls during the winter months of June, July and August.

With a land area of 13,789 km², it is just a bit smaller than Connecticut but bigger than any county in the UK.

Follow these links for more information about living in Whangarei including schooling and education and housing.



Each day in Northland


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