Registered Nurse Level 3 Grade 2 - Clinical Nurse Consultant

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Full time


Clinical Nurse Consultant/Specialist

Job Title: Clinical Nurse Consultant
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 3.2
Annual Salary: $114,377
Branch: Critical Care
Section: Intensive Care Unit
Vacancy Type: Temporary Full-time
Duration: 12 months
Position Number: 22376
Closing Date: 31 May 2018
Contact Officer: Carly Silberberg (02) 6244 3300  

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.

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

The key strategic priority for acute services is to deliver timely access to effective and safe hospital care services. The 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.

The division of Critical Care provides comprehensive services to patients requiring critical care treatments and includes the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department and Acute Clinical Services Unit (Acute Surgical Unit, Medical Emergency Team and the Early Recognition of the deteriorating patient program).

Overview of the work area and position

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a 31 bed level 3 Territory Referral Centre, which admits over 1900 patients a year. The Intensive Care Unit has unlimited accreditation with the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (ANZICS) for training in intensive care and has advanced trainees providing after hours cover. The Intensive Care Unit is a core member of ANZICS.

The unit satisfies College requirements for training in Neurosurgery, Cardiothoracics and Trauma.

The unit participates in local, national and international multi-disciplinary and multi-centre research, and has a strong commitment to teaching.

The Canberra Hospital is the single tertiary teaching hospital for the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding NSW region serving a population in excess of 650 000.
It is a modern 670+ bed hospital providing most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.

The Clinical Nurse Consultant for the Intensive and High Dependency Care Unit is responsible for operational management and leadership, within the clinical environment. Applicants must have demonstrated high level of management, communication, leadership and expertise in co-ordinating the clinical practices within the clinical environment to ensure the efficient and effective provision of quality patient care. This is based on best practice principles and within a collaborative and multidisciplinary framework.

Eligibility/Other Requirements

• Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

• Holds or progressing towards a tertiary qualification at Masters.
• Has demonstrated currency of nursing practice in a tertiary level critical care environment within the last five years.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
• Undergo a pre-employment Police check


This is a temporary position available for a period of 12 months.


1. Responsible for the day to day operational management of services within the ward

2. Provide leadership for nurses in all aspects of clinical practice and models of care including planning, implementing and evaluating professional development, managing education, research, teaching, workforce planning and quality and safety within the ward.

3. Accountable for the flexible allocation of human and financial resources within the ICU to ensure achievement of an agreed level of service and reporting of variances against agreed targets.

4. Provide leadership and develop nursing staff within the designated clinical area fostering and providing an environment that encourages regular feedback and innovative change to meet the constant demands within the clinical healthcare setting. Ensure performance frameworks are in place.

5. Lead, coordinate and work in partnership with the multidisciplinary team to facilitate change management initiatives to achieve the strategic objectives of the Intensive Care Unit, the Critical Care Division and wider organisational objectives.

6. Ensure the development, maintenance and review of clinical standards are aligned with the National Quality and Safety Health Service Standards and Canberra Hospital clinical governance processes.

7. Monitor relevant Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), providing professional and ward policy advice, reporting initiatives and strategies to assist with meeting KPIs to senior management.

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. Demonstrated ability in nursing leadership to facilitate cultural change and the ability to achieve a high standard of nursing services for patients within a multidisciplinary ward environment.

2. Understanding of financial and human resource management in the delivery of an efficient and effective service that meets its agreed targets.

3. Demonstrated ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team environment with proven negotiation and delegation skills and the ability to establish and maintain relationships with internal and external service providers to facilitate change and achieve timely access for health care consumers.

4. Proven ability in managing systems for clinical governance through the development of clinical practice and quality improvement activities, evidence based policy, education and performance evaluation.

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.