Nursing and Midwifery

Rewarding career - fantastic location - you belong here!

Whether you are investigating nursing or midwifery, a New Graduate or are seeking a new direction, then the Bay of Plenty is for you!

Director of Nursing

Julie Robinson, the Director of Nursing, works in conjunction with the Nursing Leadership Team to ensure nursing contributes to positive patient outcomes for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board.

Nursing has identified the following strategic priorities 2008 - 2010:

  • Safe and effective patient journeys
  • Strong confident nursing workforce
  • Dynamic sustainable leadership
  • Responsible stewardship of resources

Please click here to view the current nursing strategy document.

Midwife Leader

Margret Norris, Midwife Leader, works collaboratively with all midwives, employed and self employed to provide a safe and effective maternity journey, without prejudice improving outcomes and reducing inequalities for the women in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board region.

Midwifery has identified Strategic Priorities for 2009-2012 as:

  • Safe and effective maternity journey for the woman and her family.
  • A confident midwifery workforce.
  • Dynamic sustainable leadership.
  • Responsible stewardship of resources.

Please click here to view the current midwifery strategy document.

Benefits of Nursing at BOPDHB

Apart from the fact that no two days are ever the same for a nurse, no two careers in nursing are the same either! You may want to spend your time looking after patients recovering from major surgery or trauma in the intensive care unit, or work in rural community health centre or look after mothers and their newborn babies. These are just a few of the options available to you at BOPDHB.

Our comprehensive employment options and benefits will provide you with the resources and support you need to succeed.

So you're considering a career opportunity at the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. Fantastic!

Further information:

Employment Structures

There is a choice of Full-time, Part-time, Pool or Casual nursing positions available and a commitment to Safe Staffing & Healthy Workplaces.


  • Permanent or Casual contracts with shift penalties (wherever applicable shifts worked)
  • Access to variable contracted days worked


  • Paid orientation and supernumerary time on ward / department
  • Fortnightly pay
  • DHB Multi Employer Collective Agreement (MECA)
    • Paid annual leave and public holiday pay
    • Paid sick leave (Up to 10 days pro rata)
    • Paid study day opportunities (for full-time nurses, pro-rata for part-time nurses)
    • Long service leave


  • Support for new graduates, post graduates or those returning to nursing in all areas. Support and Mentorship Programs
  • Our New Zealand Nursing Council accredited professional development and recognition programme (PDRP), is a system that gives nurses high quality feedback through the annual appraisal and portfolio update. Your participation in it covers annual practising certificate requirements. There are a number of leading resources available to our nurses.
  • Continuing Education Opportunities
  • Evidence Based Nursing
  • Extensive Specialised Allied Health Services Available
  • Wintec Polytechnic, Auckland University & other Postgraduate study opportunities
  • BOPDHB nurses can access scholarships and funding for attending external study days, seminars, conferences, and workshops
  • Expert clinical and management leaders
  • Excellent team work
  • Staff Benefits - As a BOPDHB staff member you can obtain discounts and or special offers, with the following participating businesses.

Indemnity Insurance

You will need to arrange indemnity insurance which covers you for claims related to your profession.


Last updated: November 4, 2020