Nurse Unit Manager (Adolescent Inpatient Unit and Day Service)

About the organisation

The Townsville Hospital and Health Service is the largest tertiary health service in northern Australia; we are responsible for the delivery of healthcare services, education and research within a region covering over 149,500km with a population of approximately 250,000 people.

The Adolescent Inpatient Unit and Day Service is currently seeking a Nurse Unit Manager to join their team on a permanent full-time basis. 

About the role

The Inpatient Unit is an Acute Care Adolescent Mental Health unit with a capacity of 8 beds with an average length of stay of 7 to 14 days. The unit is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides for planned and emergency admissions. The unit admits young people (12-18 years) from across the whole of the Northern Region.

  • Lead ethical decision making in the achievement of organisational goals including leading the program toward the achievement of best practice standards in the child and youth mental health field incorporating the introduction of new and innovative evidence-based initiatives.
  • Work within the Recovery Framework in collaboration with consumers, carers, nurses and members of the multidisciplinary team to provide leadership, support, research and education around the provision of evidence-based practice. That focuses on multidisciplinary specialist assessment, collaborative treatment, skilled mental health nursing interventions, care planning, group intervention/facilitation, clinical reviews and discharge planning within a safe, therapeutic and consumer friendly environment.
  • Undertake resource, facilities and cost centre management to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of the service within a defined budget.
  • Undertake the role of clinician expert for the delivery of Mental Health Nursing care acting as a nursing resource for the nurses and the multidisciplinary team as well as taking a lead role in the planning for complex care needs.
  • Ensure appropriate nursing resource allocation through utilisation of the Business Planning Framework, planning and implementation of the Mental Health Service Group (MHSG) direction, maintenance of the professional standards of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) and that a clinical supervision framework is in place and actively engaged in with all nursing staff of the unit.

Generous remuneration package value up to $144,228 p.a. comprising salary range of $116,092 to $126,037 p.a. (Nurse Grade 7), 17.5% leave loading, 12.75 % employer contribution to superannuation. Other employment benefits may include: professional development, salary sacrificing options, shift and locality allowances, corporate discounts, wellness programs and the Employee Assistance Program.

Our gorgeous weather promotes an outdoor lifestyle as the sun shines nearly all year round (320+ days/year). Enjoy the benefits of urban living without being trapped in a commuter nightmare of metropolitan traffic. Appreciate the country town `feel' and change your pace as you absorb the local tropical/coastal flow.

Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor of Nursing qualification + current AHPRA registration.
    Possession of relevant post-registration and/or tertiary qualifications in mental health nursing would be well regarded for a position at this level.
  • Credentialed status with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) is highly desirable. If not Credentialed with ACMHN, then willingness to undertake and complete the requirements for certification as a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse.
  • COVID-19 vaccination: It is a condition of employment for all prospective and existing health service employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (first does by 30 Sept 2021, second dose by 31 Oct 2021).  All employees must maintain vaccination protection and provide evidence confirming they have received the prescribed number of doses of the vaccine. 

Close date: 28 October 2021

Point of contact: 

Lisa Phelan

07 4433 9710


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