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Palliative Care Nurses – Inpatient Unit and Community

Te Omanga Hospice is a charitable trust that provides specialist palliative care to patients and their whānau in the Hutt Valley living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. Our vision is that everyone with palliative needs in our community receives equitable, responsive, and proactive care. We hold our values close to our heart, with respect, partnership, compassion and learning at the core of everything we do.

We celebrate different perspectives and are committed to creating an equal and inclusive workplace. The community we support is diverse, and it is important to us that diversity is reflected in the team here at Te Omanga.

Te Omanga is more than just a hospice. 

We are looking for Registered Nurses to join our Community and Inpatient Nursing Teams.  These are positions that require palliative care knowledge and a desire to work in this specialised field.  Experience working in the community is essential for nurses wishing to work in the community team.

These roles are based within a team environment with strong support from the wider hospice multi-disciplinary team. Key to these roles is the ability to build relationships with patients and their whanau providing support at a challenging time. Other essential attributes include confidence in palliative care knowledge and the ability to apply a holistic approach when working with patients.

We offer a wonderful, purpose built, work environment where you will be a valued member of a dedicated and specialist Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Working at Te Omanga

Professional Development opportunities including rostered non-clinical days, funded external and internal education and opportunity to attend conferences. 

A supportive environment enhanced by acuity-based nurse-patient ratios, a wellness programme, and clinical supervision.

Working at Te Omanga is about more than just a job. Working here you will be a part of a respected community organisation that makes a real difference for people at one of the most difficult times in their lives. We deliver specialist palliative care across a range of integrated services prioritising care in people’s homes. We are there at the more challenging times of their illness trajectory. Supporting this is our 8-bed inpatient unit which provides 24/7 nursing and medical oversight during acute palliative care episodes.

Te Omanga is always evolving and growing to meet the needs of this community. Working here you will have the opportunity to take your nursing to the next level and be an active contributor to quality improvement and service development.

We have a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion ensuring our entire community has the ability to access individualised Palliative Care in the manner that they require when they require it. It is this commitment to the uniqueness of each individual that underpins our holistic philosophy.

Our workforce is important to us. Te Omanga is a values-based organisation where we embrace:

Respect

  • Working within a strong multi-disciplined team
  • Person centred, family friendly management processes and practices.
  • Clear managerial reporting lines with a horizontal approach to leadership within the team
  • Two way, open and transparent communication
  • Strong professional boundaries with an open mind to difference.
  • Nursing representation on all committees and quality initiatives

Partnership

  • Person centred, plus family/whanau, holistic care approach
  • The principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi and Te Whare Tapa Wha are inherent to the palliative care approach
  • Equity focussed Quality, People and Culture strategy & Framework
  • Integrated Nursing services with Hospital, Aged Care and Primary Care
  • Nursing team supported by a skilled medical team and allied health services with access to counsellors, social workers, OT, PT, Māori Liaison, Art Therapy, Music Therapy and spiritual care.
  • Safe nurse caseloads and patient ratios to allow time to deliver holistic care

Compassion

  • Te Omanga supports it clinical staff to deliver a holistic model of care for all.
  • Work closely with people from diverse cultural backgrounds ensuring equity for all.
  • Workforce centred people policies and processes – Clinical Supervision and EAP available
  • Initiatives to support staff physical and emotional wellbeing
  • Nurse patient ratios to support time to deliver holistic care
  • Non task orientated nursing care that allows empathy and caring to take the lead

Learning

  • Monthly non-clinical day for education, profession development, quality improvement
  • Free access to our internal education opportunities
  • An education allowance to attend external training.
  • Opportunities to attend conference nationally and internationally
  • Professional clinical supervision
  • Actively supported PDRP

Our values make Te Omanga a special place to work. A dedicated, dynamic service that still knows how to have fun and get the work done.

If you want to be part of our team, and a part of the future of Specialist Palliative Care for the Hutt Valley Community then let us hear from you.

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • Name (as shown on official ID)
  • Are you known by any other name? (e.g., maiden name, aliases?)
  • Do you hold a current NZ drivers licence?
  • Preferred contact details?
  • What motivated you to apply for this position?
  • How would you rate your overall level of verbal and written communication skills?
  • Are you legally entitled to work in New Zealand?
  • If you have a Work Visa, please state: Work Visa Number and Expiry Date If not applicable enter: n/a (Note: any offer of employment will be conditional upon you being legally entitled to work in NZ, and any ongoing employment will be contingent on your ongoing legal entitlement)
  • Do you hold a current Practicing Certificate relevant to the position you are applying for?
  • What date does your last Practicing Certificate expire?
  • Are there any conditions/restrictions on your scope of practice?
  • Are you currently working under suspension or constraints?
  • If answered YES, to working under suspension or constraints please provide details. If No enter n/a
  • Have you ever had your membership in any work-related organisation terminated or been removed from any voluntary position that you have held?
  • If answered YES to the above question please provide details. If No enter n/a
  • If you are shortlisted for the position, Te Omanga Hospice will require you to undergo a criminal record check and you may be required to also undergo a credit status check or a children’s worker safety check under the Children’s Act 2014. Do you consent to undergo such checks, and agree to complete any associated documentation required for us to undertake such checks? Note: if required, any offer of employment will be conditional upon satisfactory police checks, credit checks, and children’s worker safety checks.
  • When looking at the job requirements, are there any medical or physical conditions or disabilities that might prevent you from carrying out the work to a reasonable standard?
  • If you are shortlisted for the position and Te Omanga Hospice considers it relevant to the position (e.g., a safety sensitive role), do you consent to undergo a medical assessment, including a drug and alcohol test, by our nominated testing provider?
  • Declaration and Signature
  • Privacy Act Statement (Summary) The information you supply on this application form, along with any attachments to the form, is solely used to assess your suitability for employment with Te Omanga Hospice and to update you on employment opportunities in the future (if your application isn’t successful). If successful, the information will be held in your ELMO personnel file. Information on unsuccessful candidates will be held on our candidates file and will be confidentially destroyed after 12 months, or when the information is no longer required. Please email recruitment@teomanga.org.nz and let us know if you do not want your information to be retained. You have the right to view your personal information held by Te Omanga Hospice and may request correction if required.
    For more information please email: recruitment@teomanga.org.nz

Occupational Therapy hours as required to cover staff leave and periods of heavy workload.

Te Omanga is more than just a hospice.

We offer a wonderful, purpose built, work environment where you will be a valued member of a dedicated and specialist Multi-Disciplinary Team.

We offer

  • An opportunity to work with Palliative CarE
  • Close collaboration with Physiotherapist and MDT
  • A supportive environment enhanced by acuity-based case load, a wellness programme, and clinical supervision

Working at Te Omanga

Working at Te Omanga is about more than just a job. Working here you will be a part of a respected community organisation that makes a real difference for people at one of the most difficult times in their lives. We deliver specialist palliative care across a range of integrated services prioritising care in people’s homes. We are there at the more challenging times of their illness trajectory. Supporting this is our 8-bed inpatient unit which provides nursing, medical, Allied Health and Family Support oversight during acute palliative care episodes.

We strongly believe in partnership and learning. Our wider hospice team of support services, education and clinical multidisciplinary team will provide resources and support to help you succeed.

Te Omanga is always evolving and growing to meet the needs of this community. Working here you will have the opportunity to be innovative, an active contributor to quality improvement and service development.

We have a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion ensuring our entire community can access individualised Palliative Care in the manner that they require when they require it. It is this commitment to the uniqueness of each individual that underpins our holistic philosophy.

Our workforce is important to us. Te Omanga is a values-based organisation where we embrace

Respect

  • Working within a strong multi-disciplined team
  • Person centred, family friendly management processes and practices.
  • Clear managerial reporting lines with a horizontal approach to leadership within the team
  • Two way, open and transparent communication
  • Strong professional boundaries with an open mind to difference.

Partnership

  • Person centred, plus family/whanau, holistic care approach
  • The principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi and Te Whare Tapa Wha are inherent to the palliative care approach
  • Equity focussed Quality, People and Culture strategy & Framework
  • Integrated Occupational Therapy services with Hospital and Primary Care
  • Working in the hospice inpatient unit and community setting.
  • Occupational Therapist supported by skilled allied health and therapies team, which includes physiotherapist, counsellors, social workers, Māori Liaison, Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Spiritual Care, as well as medical and nursing teams, and equipment store coordinator.
  • Safe Occupational Therapist caseloads and patient ratios to allow time to deliver holistic care.

Compassion

  • Te Omanga supports it clinical staff to deliver a holistic model of care for all.
  • Work closely with people from diverse cultural backgrounds ensuring equity for all.
  • Workforce centred people policies and processes – Clinical Supervision and EAP available
  • Initiatives to support staff physical and emotional wellbeing

Learning

  • Free access to our internal education opportunities
  • Professional clinical supervision

Our values make Te Omanga a special place to work. A dedicated, dynamic service that still knows how to have fun and get the work done. You will have the opportunity to provide positive and proactive occupational therapy and manage complex cases in close collaboration with physiotherapist and other clinical staff to promote a seamless service for the patient’s care. Our enablement/rehabilitation approach to care supports identifying potentials for enhanced quality of life, adjustment, maintenance of identity and dying well.

If you want to support our team through a casual role and be part of the future of Specialist Palliative Care for the Hutt Valley Community, then let us hear from you.

Further information, including position description and application forms are available from:

recruitment@teomanga.org.nz

Any questions – just ask.

We currently have the following volunteer positions available: 

Van & Truck: Assistants & Drivers 
We are looking for fit and able Van and Truck Drivers and Assistants who enjoy being out and about in the community to help pick up and deliver donated goods. You will need a clean Drivers Licence. These are rostered positions, with various shifts available. If you are interested, please contact Elina, on 022 490 0144 or email volunteers@teomanga.org.nz

Retail Volunteers
We are needing volunteers for various shifts in our Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Petone and Wainuiomata shops. If you have a passion for retail, enjoy assisting people and would like to join our friendly retail team then please contact Rachel on 04 974 8121  or email volunteers@teomanga.org.nz.

Kitchen helpers
We are looking for volunteers to assist with the preparation of nutritional appetising meals for patients in the inpatient unit and provide back up for the kitchen supervisor. Weekly shifts are available from either 8:30am-11am or 11am-1:30pm or as negotiated with the supervisor. Evening and weekend volunteers prepare and serve light meals to patients – this is a solo role.

Housekeepers
We are needing volunteers to work with a happy team to clean the inpatient unit daily, in a manner not intrusive to the patients and families in the hospice. Rostered one morning a week between the hours of 9am-11am.

To find out more about volunteering at Te Omanga click here