Registered Nurse Assistant Roles

Waikato District Health Board

  • Permanent
  • Waikato


Where you’ll be working: Theatres, Waikato Hospital

The details: Permanent, full and part time options 

Our RNAA programme at Waikato DHB is aimed at registered nurses seeking opportunities to work alongside an anaesthetist within their scope of practice while training and still meet all the requirements of the NZNC. 

We currently have the opportunity to build on our RNAA workforce within the Anaesthetic Technician Team and we are excited to develop more Registered Nurses who are looking at the next step in their career. 

As an RN your development will be guided by a comprehensive competency based learning framework aligned with the Australian New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). This includes a formal process to recognise your prior competence. 

The programme is presented in a ‘blended delivery’ format including clinical practice based learning & clinical supervision supported by online learning activities.  Clinical competence will be formally assessed throughout the programme and successful completion of the final clinical exam is a requirement for all RN participants.

To be able to be considered to join our training programme you will need:

  • 5+ years’ experience post registration at a minimum
  • Experience in Critical Care and Perioperative Nursing (essential)
  • Ability to complete the 12 month Training Programme within the required time frame
  • Current practising Certificate and registration with NZ Nursing Council
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in a NZ DHB and/or Large Private Surgical Hospitals (essential)
  • Must be able to work in a rotating roster that will include Days, Nights, Weekends and PM shifts 

These opportunities don’t come around to often so if you have ever thought of developing your perioperative/critical care nursing practice then this might be the perfect opportunity for you! 

Waikato District Health Board

The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is one of the largest of 20 DHBs in New Zealand. We plan, fund and provide health and disability support services to a population of more than 400,000. You can read about our vision, strategy and values here.

Waikato Hospital in Hamilton is a Level-1 trauma centre and one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary, teaching hospitals with over 600 inpatient beds and 22 operating theatres. Waikato Hospital is the Midland regional referral centre for multiple specialties including trauma surgery, oncology, and neurology. We also run a secondary hospital in Thames, and three rural hospitals in Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, and Tokoroa.

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to delivering the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we service. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values, to apply, and would like to encourage applicants who have a Māori world view.

Why Waikato: Learn about living in the Waikato here   

Your application:

Please apply directly online here:

Please ensure you submit a Cover Letter letting us know why this opportunity interests you as well as an up to date CV and NZ registration with the Nursing Council. For any queries about the role please contact Taylor Spence in the Recruitment Team at

Application closing date: 22 September 2021

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