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Registered Nurse Level 2 - Clinical Development Nurse

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Part time


Clinical Nurse Consultant/Specialist

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‚Äźbased health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:

The Division of Surgery (DoS) is responsible for delivering services to inpatients and outpatients in the following specialties: ACT Trauma Service, Anaesthetics, Intensive Care Unit, Peri-Operative Unit, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Vascular, Urology, Cardio-thoracic, Orthopaedics, Plastics, Otolaryngology, Maxillofacial, Acute Surgical Unit, Surgical Bookings and Pre-Admission Clinic, Ophthalmology and Pain Management Unit.

Acute Surgical Unit is a 16-bed inpatient unit delivering patient centred care and focus on the management of patients who have had general surgical procedures, abdominal surgeries. Seeking enthusiastic Registered Nurse with acute surgical experience to undertake an exciting role as Clinical Development Nurse of ASU. The successful candidate will have a passion for support, education, and mentoring.


Under limited direction of the Clinical Nurse Consultant, you will perform the role and responsibilities of a registered Nurse to provide the best quality care. You will:

  1. Facilitate clinical teaching within the workplace utilising adult learning principles and following practice standards and policies. Showing abilities of being a train the trainer where required, for example Basic Life Support.
  2. Facilitate the development of clinical in-services to staff in response to identified education requirements and contemporary evidence-based practices. Encourage and support staff to initiate and participate in quality improvement ensuring National standards are met.
  3. Attend to competency-based assessment of all nurses within clinical settings (especially the Transition to Practice Nurse) as outlined in NMBA standards for practice and other specialised competencies where they exist or where they may be developed within the clinical area.
  4. Ensure staff have essential education requirements completed on an annual basis and facilitate regular assessment of staff for essential learning competencies, including Performance and Development Plans. Including assisting CNC to identify learning needs.
  5. Assist in the support, development, and assessment of new preceptors on the clinical area. In conjunction with the CNC facilitate a clinically based orientation program and allocation of a preceptor(s).
  6. Participate in risk management, quality improvement, nursing practice review and clinical research activities. While supporting safe and evidence-based practices through risk management, quality improvement, nursing practice review and clinical research activities and policy change to foster a dynamic workplace.
  7. Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the organisation.


CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities

To be successful in this position, it is expected that the successful candidate will have the following attributes:

  1. Strong organisational skills with a high degree of drive.
  2. Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet clients’ needs,
  3. Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  4. Good leadership skills with the ability to work independently to agreed outcomes.

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

Registered or eligible to register as a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Minimum three year post graduate experience.
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is desirable

Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.

Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.

Note: This is a temporary Part-time position available at (32) hours per week for six months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.

Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening, and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.

Provide current Authority to Practice as a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)


These are the key selection criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resumé and experience:

  1. Proven advanced nursing skills in Acute Surgical nursing, providing direct patient care of varying complexities, utilising evidence-based practice and incorporating a risk assessment approach while working within the professional legislation and existing policies and procedures.

  1. Incorporating adult learning principles demonstrate an ability to assist individual nurses in the assessment of their own learning needs, assimilating of skills and knowledge and assess the competence of nurses/midwives within the clinical setting.

  1. Demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and liaise effectively and appropriately with staff, patients, and other key stakeholders in a diverse range of situations, including negotiation, consultation and delegation using consistent and transparent process.

  1. Demonstrated commitment to evidence-based practice within the clinical area through participation in policy, procedure and guideline development and continuous professional development of self and others. Demonstrated active participation in promoting and compliance with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

  1. Demonstrates understanding of, and adherence to, safety and quality standards, Work, Health, and Safety (WHS) and the positive patient experience. Displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful, and Kind.


Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system. Applications must include

  • A copy of a current curriculum vitae,

  • A response to the selection criteria under “What You Require”, maximum two pages per criteria.

  • Two written references

Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.

CHS Contact: Divya Seethilal (02) 5124 2364

Job Ad Reference 024KD
Date Listed 02 August 2022