• 343 Highgate, Roslyn, Dunedin 9010
  • Weekdays 8am - 5:15pm

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Practice Nurse (Fixed-Term Parental Leave cover - 15 months)

Practice Nurse Position Description

Post: Practice Nurse - 15-month fixed-term position to cover Parental Leave

Hours: Up to 16 hours per week - preferably Monday & Wednesday but open to discussion

Term: March/April 2022- June 2023

Meetings: Team meetings most Wednesdays (clinical team, nursing team, full team)

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Nursing Council of NZ Registered Nurse
  • Current Annual Practising Certificate
  • Authorised Vaccinator (or ability to enrol on course soon)
  • CPR Certificate (essential)
  • Smear Taker (not essential)   

Accountability: to the GP Principals and Practice Manager.

General: undertake duties and responsibilities of a Practice Nurse as part of our dedicated team that provides high quality modern health care in an environment where patients feel comfortable and respected regardless of age, gender, ethnic or cultural background. This will involve working closely with the GPs and collaborating with the other nurses. We expect the nurses to work in cooperation with the team, and to be flexible in increasing their hours when appropriate to cover for each other’s leave (we also have two casual nurses available to provide cover). These duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Reactive Care:

The assessment and management of patients as they present either with acute problems or as booked patients and providing services such as:

  • Triage of emergency cases, assessing their immediacy of need for medical care, putting them in a suitable location for observation and assessment and liaising with Doctors as appropriate.
  • Dressing and redressing wounds
  • Removal of sutures
  • Immunisations as part of National Schedule and Travel Schedules
  • ECGs
  • BP measurement
  • Injections of Vitamin B12 and Depo-Provera following the practice protocol, and administering other medications by injection as required
  • Liquid Nitrogen treatment
  • Implementing the Cellulitis and UTI Procedure as necessary

Referred Care

Receive referrals from the GPs to provide appropriate nursing services, including those outlined in 2) above and administration of bronchodilator therapy and immunisations.

Assistive Care

  • Assist the GPs with care of certain patients – e.g. wound management, venepuncture, Zolendronate infusion, Insulin Initiation, Contraceptive implant insertion, minor surgery, Mirena and IUD insertion.
  • To act as a chaperone as appropriate when requested

Delegated Care

Acting under standing orders and practice procedure for tasks such as immunisations, warfarin monitoring, Adrenaline administration and Depo-provera and Myocrisin administration.

Emergency Care:

Coordinating and administering emergency treatment as needed including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation including Automatic External Defibrillation operation, Oxygen therapy and Adrenaline for anaphylaxis either in conjunction with the GPs or independently if no GP is on the premises.

Proactive Care

  • Screening – ensure practice screening programmes for cervical smears, mammography and the like are kept up to date and recalls put in place; performing and following up cervical smears if adequately trained.
  • Immunisations – ensure that children do not miss out on their vaccinations using appropriate recall methods. Administering and updating the National Immunisation Register as necessary.
  • Manage patients on warfarin as per the practice protocol.
  • Health promotion – by example and discussion with patients promote a healthy lifestyle including appropriate dietary modification, exercise, smoking and alcohol intake; sending out health assessment invitations and information to age cohorts.
  • Diabetes and Impaired Glucose Tolerance – assessment and lifestyle counselling.
  • Training – e.g. inhaler technique; blood glucose monitoring.
  • Recall management – appropriate management of patient recalls.


  • Act as a two-way link between patients and the doctors.
  • Being accessible by phone to patients for prescription requests and health queries.
  • Contacting patients at the request of the Doctor to follow them up or to follow laboratory and x-ray results.
  • Contacting the laboratory and hospital when necessary.


  • Helping with training of Nursing and Medical Students who are attached to the practice from time to time.
  • Supporting GP registrars in their training.


  • Cold-chain maintenance including vaccination fridge monitoring.
  • Stock control – Treatment room dressings, vaccinations and equipment, medication, lab supplies ordering and monitoring.
  • Sterilisation and disinfection of equipment to current standards.
  • Stocking of Drs rooms with equipment/supplies/linen.
  • Medical Waste Disposal including Sharps Containers and Expired Drugs.
  • Audits – undertaking and partaking in appropriate audits of work with the aim of improving quality of care.
  • PHO targets – undertaking to work to help improve the practice’s performance against PHO targets.
  • PHO liaison – where appropriate liaising with the PHO to aid Practice and PHO population healthcare.


Using Medtech Evolution system to make records of all patient consultations, immunisations etc; administering recall programme for screening and vaccinations; putting charges through for patients; communication with Drs and patients.


Along with the other members of the Amity team, seeking opportunities for improving quality of care and systems especially but not exclusively those required for Cornerstone Reaccreditation.

Professional Development

  • Taking an active part in professional development including training and refresher courses on an individual basis or as organised within the practice e.g. Annual Planning Days and combined team training.
  • Meeting the requirements of the Nursing Council in terms of maintaining professional development and reflection.

Part of the team

  • Attending monthly staff and clinical meetings and monthly nurse meetings.
  • Other duties that may arise from time to time at the request of the GPs or Practice Manger.
Welcome Dr Mali Burke!

We welcome Dr Mali Burke to the team at Amity Health Centre. Mali has joined us from Mosgiel Health Centre. You can book appointments with Mali on ManageMyHealth or call Reception on 03 464 0041 to make your appointment.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Covid-19 vaccinations are available widely throughout Dunedin, including at Roslyn Pharmacy and the Southern DHB's Covid vaccination clinic in the Meridian Mall. 

Welcome Dr James Bishop!

Welcome to Dr James Bishop who has joined the Amity Health Centre team. 

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