Clinical Nurse Specialist - Mental Health Short Stay Unit (MHSSU) (524828) - Multiple Vacancies

  • Tasmania Government
  • Australia, Tas
  • Dec 30, 2021
Medicine Flexible

Job Description:

In accordance with Tasmanian Public Health Directions, Health Workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to 8 January 2022. Applicants are advised that the Public Health Direction applies to all employees of the Department of Health. This step is critical in protecting both our health workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians in our care.


$94,491 to $99,870 per annum


Registered Nurse Grade 5


Nurses and Midwives (Tasmanian State Service) Award 2019

Period of Employment

Permanent, full-time, shift work (fully rotational), working 76 hours per fortnight commencing as soon as possible.

Please note there are multiple positions available and part time hours may be considered.

Please also note that this process may be used to fill fixed term and casual opportunities as they arise.


Mental Health Short Stay Unit


  • Provide discipline specific clinical expertise, supportive advice and clinical care to clients of the MHSSU based on best practice principles and legal and professional requirements.

  • Using specialist assessment and screening tools, deliver improved outcomes for patients presenting to ED with mental health concerns and/or addiction-related comorbidities.

  • Provide treatment recommendations and specialist support to relevant medical, nursing and allied health staff and directly contribute to clinical decision making, and planning, implementation and evaluation of care.

  • Facilitate access to a range of appropriate community and inpatient services to ensure patients receive the right support in the right place and at the right time, including the provision of comprehensive handovers and the coordination of quality and safe transfer/discharge processes.

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with a range of key internal and external stakeholders, including the Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent/Adult and Older Persons Mental Health Services, Inpatient Mental Health Services, Alcohol and Drug services, Forensic Mental Health Services and the community sector.

  • Deliver ongoing education, guidance and support for nursing and medical staff within the MHSSU in relation to mental health and the management of comorbidity, including legislation pertaining to seclusion and restraint.

Essential Requirements

  • Registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse and possess specialist tertiary graduate or post graduate mental health/psychiatric nursing qualifications; or completed, prior to the transfer of nurse education to the tertiary sector, an accredited hospital based program that lead to registration as a psychiatric nurse by the relevant nurse regulatory authority within Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United Kingdom

*Registration/licences that are essential requirements of this role must remain current and valid at all times whilst employed in this role and the status of these may be checked at any time during employment. It is the employee’s responsibility to ensure that registration/licences remain current and to advise the Employer if their circumstances change. This includes notifying the Employer if a registration/licence is revoked, cancelled or has its conditions altered.

The Head of the State Service has determined that the person nominated for this job is to satisfy a pre‑employment check before taking up the appointment, on promotion or transfer. The following checks are to be conducted:

1. Conviction checks in the following areas:

a) Crimes of Violence
b) Sex Related Offences
c) Serious Drug Offences
d) Crimes involving dishonesty

2. Identification check

3. Disciplinary action in previous employment check

Desirable Requirements

  • Extensive relevant psychiatric nursing experience and/or is credentialed as a Mental Health Nurse by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses or equivalent

  • Holds or is working towards relevant tertiary qualifications

Applicants should note that, for a period of six months from the date of publication, this selection process may be used to fill subsequent or similar vacancies.

(image) 523256, 524828 Clinical Nurse Specialist - MHSSU G5 (August 2021) HR (1).pdf
(image) 523256, 524828 Clinical Nurse Specialist - MHSSU G5 (August 2021) HR (1).docx
(image) Department of Health - Applicant Guide July 2021.pdf
(image) Department of Health - Applicant Guide July 2021.docx

How to apply

Apply Online. Please click the blue "Apply Now" button on this screen.

Applications will only be accepted online. This ensures important questions about you are answered.

You will be prompted to complete an online application form, complete/upload your short form response and attach your resume. Please note that attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Referee details are submitted as part of the online application so make sure you have the contact details for two referees before applying.

Important information

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For further information contact

Sharmayne Batt
Phone: (03) 6166 0825

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