Heath Care Assistant - Casual

Hospice Waikato is an organisation focused on leading the way in the growing field of community specialist palliative care. We are committed to providing patient focused, highly professional care, for Waikato people living with a terminal illness and for those who support them.

Rainbow Place is the children and young people’s service of Hospice Waikato – the only hospice in New Zealand that offers specialist child-focussed palliative care services supporting children/young people aged 0-18 years and their families, living with a life limiting/life threatening condition. Rainbow Place provides care through a team approach that includes specialist nursing care, counselling, social work, spiritual care and practical support for as long as the child/young person needs it. Care and support is also provided wherever it is needed, such as the family home, school, hospital and other community facilities. Rainbow Place staff are supported in their work by the large team of specialist palliative care staff at Hospice Waikato, including voluntary staff who enhance the service and facilities in a variety of ways.

Our people are part of an organisation that:
• Recognises people and the difference they make
• Is committed to developing its people to the highest professional skill level
• Understands the value of emotional support for all
• Delivers its services with a multidisciplinary focus
• Is committed to being the best in its field
• Works with humanity and compassion for all our patients and families

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Health Care Assistant to join our Rainbow Place and In-Patient Unit (IPU) teams on a casual, as required basis. There are three shift times, an AM shift (7am - 3.30pm), a PM shift (2.30pm - 11pm) and a night shift (10.30pm – 7.30am). We are seeking applicants to work with children and young people under our Rainbow Place service and/or with adults staying in our IPU. Please include in your cover letter if you are interested in working with both adults and children or only adults or children.

As a part of the IPU and Rainbow place team’s you will provide a high level of health care assistance under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Both adults and young people under our Rainbow Place service stay in our IPU for respite, symptom management or end of life care. When working with children the HCA cares for one child at a time. The children we support have a high level of complex health needs which require 24/7 one to one care. You will have the opportunity to work with amazing people and their family/whanau on their journeys. You will need to have lots of energy and compassion and most importantly be ready to have lots of fun!

To be the right fit for this role and our organisation you would bring:

• Previous experience in a caring role
• Experience working with children and young people
• Comfortable working around grief and loss
• Ability to work autonomously and as part of an interdisciplinary team
• Emotional maturity and resilience

• NZQA Qualification in Rest Home Care / Community Support Services (or equivalent)
• Proven experience in paediatric palliative care
• Current First Aid Certificate

If this sounds like the role and an organisation you want to be a part of, please CLICK HERE and then click the ‘apply for this job’ link.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake pre-employment health screening (including drug testing) and complete a NZ Police vetting check, the results of which must be to Hospice Waikato’s satisfaction.

Applicants must have NZ residency or a valid work visa.

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