Closes: 20 November 2019
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 5.5
Position No: 15573 - 01MV8
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 06 November 2019
Contact Officer: Lisa Gilmore on
(02) 5124 7135
Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together
Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community
Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind
Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400,000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.
CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:
- The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
- University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
- Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.;
- Seven community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
- A range of community-based health services including early childhood services, youth and women’s health, dental health, mental health and alcohol and drug services.
Overview of the Work Area and Position
The Division of Critical Care provides comprehensive services to patients requiring critical care treatments and includes the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Emergency Department (ED), Medical Emergency Team (MET) and the medical outreach team, Early Recognition of the Deteriorating Patient (ERDP) program, Trauma Services, the Capital Region Retrieval Service (CRRS) and the Research and Service Development Unit.
The Director of Nursing reports to the Executive Director for Critical Care and has a professional reporting line to the Executive Director for Nursing and Midwifery and Patient Support Services.
The Director of Nursing holds responsibility for the nursing staff within the Division of Critical Care. There is an expectation that the successful applicant will maintain accountability for their own practice standards, education and the guidance and the professional development of critical care nursing staff.
The Emergency Department has 75 treatment spaces with 90,000 presentations in 2018 -2019. The ED is a major adult and paediatric tertiary referral hospital which includes trauma services. The ED has unlimited accreditation with the Australasian College for Emergency medicine (ACEM).
The Capital Region Retrieval Service – provides the Territory and the NSW region with a road and aeromedical retrieval services. The CRRS is accredited with the ACEM for Retrieval Medicine.
The Intensive Care Unit has 31 beds and is a level 3 Territory Referral Centre, which admits over 1900 patients a year. The Intensive Care Unit has unlimited accreditation with the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand for training in intensive care and has advanced trainees providing after hours cover. The Intensive Care Unit is a core member of ANZICS. The unit satisfies College requirements for training in Neurosurgery, Cardiothoracic care and Trauma. The unit participates in local, national and international multi-disciplinary and multi-centre research, and has a strong commitment to teaching.
The Medical Emergency Team (MET), nursing staff work in collaboration with the Intensive Care Medical Outreach team to respond to inpatient and hospital campus medical emergencies.
The Early Recognition of the Deteriorating Patient Program (ERDP) The aim of the COMPASS program is to improve the early recognition and timely management of deteriorating patients. The idea behind the name “COMPASS” is about pointing the clinician in the right direction.
The Trauma Service provides a physician and nursing led trauma focused service with specialist skills in emergency trauma care, trauma surgery, trauma intensive care and trauma rehabilitation.
- Registered or eligible to register as a General Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
- Demonstrated experience working as a senior leader at an executive/management level.
- Relevant Tertiary post graduate qualification.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
Career interest categories:
Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services