Registered Nurses - Intensive Care | Northland DHB

Registered Nurses - Intensive Care

Available Positions

Jumpstart your Intensive Care nursing career or begin a rewarding change of direction with the Intensive Care Unit team of Northland DHB.

We are looking for experienced surgical, medical, coronary care or intensive care Registered Nurses with recent experience in the New Zealand setting to join our supportive and close-knit team at Whangarei Hospital.


About the Role and Us

Whangarei Hospital has a Level 2 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with an incorporated High Dependency Unit (HDU). We are passionate about providing the best care possible and the development and support of our nursing team is vital to this.

We provide care for mainly adults but also paediatric patients and have the busiest flight retrieval service in the country run from the ICU. We also have a separate Patient at Risk (PAR) Team which all offer exciting opportunities for your career development. 


About You

If you are a motivated, team-oriented person, positive and passionate to begin or advance your career in ICU then we would love to hear from you.

Ideally, you will have a relevant post graduate qualification but don’t worry if you are not there yet we are committed to supporting our team reach their ICU career goals.

You will learn from a highly-skilled, genuine and caring nursing senior team who will support you with an individualised orientation programme, ongoing educational opportunities and access to teaching and training within the department where we are keen to develop nursing research and opportunity for presentations and publications.  

About Northland DHB

The Northland District Health Board (DHB) employs over 3,200 staff. Acute services are provided through the DHB’s four hospitals, based at Whangarei, Dargaville, Kawakawa and Kaitaia, with elective surgery provided at Whangarei and Kaitaia. 

Our modern eight-bed Level 2 Intensive Care Unit admits around 500 patient per year with a vision to expand our admission capacity. 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 Tele-health set up.  

We also provide nursing and medical cover for the busiest flight retrieval service in the country with St John and the Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) – overseeing about 480 helicopter transfers per year.

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 RegionMap of Northland

Based in sunny Whangarei there is plenty for you and your family and friends to do here without budget-breaking rents, house prices or traffic jams. World-class hikes, forests, beaches, surfing and diving spots are right on our doorstep with the Poor Knights a leisurely 30-minute drive from the city centre. While you will be in close proximity to the world-renowned Bay of Islands, if entertainment, great restaurants and cafes are sought closer to home the relaxed, holiday atmosphere of the Whangarei waterfront provides the perfect range of choice with family-friendly parks nearby.

Whangarei is set between the bustling city of Auckland and the magic of Cape Reinga.  Steeped in Maori cultural significance the region is also renowned for giant sand dunes and kauri trees, exciting wildlife, vast areas of green farmland and fruit orchards.

We hold the highest average annual temperature in New Zealand, with summer day time temperatures between 22°C - 26°C. Our winters are very mild, with winter nights dropping to around 7°C on the odd occasion. Light frosts are possible 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.

Want to know more?

Contact: Sarah Pickery, Clinical Nurse Manager

Phone: +64 9 430 4101 ext. 8112


Ready to make the move?

Contact the Recruitment Team at Northland District Health Board or apply now


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