Registered Nurse Level 4 Grade 3 - Director of Nursing

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Full time


Registered Nurse

Job Title: Director of Nursing
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 4.3
Annual Salary: $130,586
Branch: UC Public Hospital
Section: UC Public Hospital
Vacancy Type: Permanent Full-time
Position Number: 12773
Closing Date: 25 January 2018
Contact Officer: Rhonda Maher (02) 6244 2205  

About Us

ACT Health is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day-to-day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work. The University of Canberra Public Hospital will provide sub-acute rehabilitation health services to the ACT and surrounding region.

Canberra Hospital and Health Services provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region.

The key strategic priority for the Canberra Hospital acute services is to deliver timely access to effective and safe hospital care services. The Canberra Hospital delivers a full range of medical, surgical and obstetric services, including complex procedures in areas such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and neonatal intensive care.

Strong links exist between hospital and community-based services, as many of the operational divisions deliver services across the continuum of care to ensure continuity of care for patients. The community based services of ACT Health include Early Childhood, Youth and Women’s Health; Dental Services, Rehabilitation and Community Care; Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services. In addition, Justice Health Services are provided within the Territory’s detention facilities.

ACT Health is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.

Overview of the work area and position

The University of Canberra Public Hospital (UCPH) is scheduled to open in 2018. UCPH is a 140 bed sub- acute rehabilitation hospital providing inpatient rehabilitation, aged care rehabilitation, mental health rehabilitation and outpatient and community based rehabilitation services.

Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Care (RACC) is a vibrant and diverse Division within ACT Health providing multidisciplinary rehab, aged and community based care across a range of settings. This includes Canberra Hospital, the new University of Canberra Public Hospital, Community Health Centres, Village Creek Centre in Kambah, and Independent Living Centre in Weston. Planning is well underway to establish the ACT's first sub-acute rehabilitation hospital on the grounds of the University of Canberra. The new hospital, the University of Canberra Public Hospital (UCPH) is part of the ACT Health's planned network of health facilities designed to meet the needs of our ageing and growing population, it is planned to open in July 2018.

The Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) will initially be responsible for the change management, and recruitment associated with the transition and opening UCPH. Once UCPH commences operations the ADON will be responsible for the operational management of the rehabilitation wards and support the Director of Nursing (DON) to manage the nursing services to ensure an efficient and effective patient centred service is provided. The successful applicant for this role will be enthusiastic about change, have strong negotiation skills and excellent organisation skills to manage the complexity of recruitment in this initial period.

Eligibility/Other Requirements

• Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
• Current driver’s licence.

• Post graduate qualifications in Health Management and/or
• Post graduate qualifications in Nursing.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
• Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
• Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).


1. Responsible for the management, support and coordination of nursing services across the Rehabilitation Aged and Community Care (RACC) division within the University of Canberra Public Hospital and CHHS including clinical resource management, employee and industrial relations, service planning.

2. Responsible for the development and implementation of appropriate policies and guidelines, clinical governance, accreditation and National Safety and Quality Health Care Standards and adhering to standards of care.

3. Monitor the patient journey / bed management to ensure access to inpatient beds is a high priority and improvements against the scorecard target remain a focus.

4. Prepare/analyse management reports and advise the RACC Executive on activity, staffing, and related issues and actively participate in responding to variations.

5. Provide leadership for recruitment and selection processes and maintaining accurate staff establishments in conjunction with Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNCs).

6. Actively support CNCs and managers in the Nursing Division with Performance Development Plans and management issues.

7. Undertaking other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the section.

Selection Criteria

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resume and experience.

Your statement of claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them.

1. Comprehensive knowledge of current trends in the planning and delivery of health care services to older adults and patients undergoing rehabilitation.

2. Demonstrated high level skills in financial and human resource management.

3. Demonstrated experience in leading and developing nursing teams and change management.

4. Effective written and oral communication and negotiation skills and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain relationships with internal and external service providers and stake holders.

5. Demonstrates a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with ACT Health’s values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to  

For further information about the position and a copy of the performance expectations and jobs demands checklist please contact the Contact Officer above.