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Chief Nurse

  • 501114
  • Aged Care - Management
  • Aged Care - Practice, Quality and Support
  • Governance, Risk and Quality
  • Nursing
  • Full time permanent

Chief Nurse - Current AHPRA Registration

  • NEW Key role within Uniting's Senior Leadership team
  • Lead the Uniting-wide approach to incident management, remediation, and resolution
  • Develop and implement Clinical Governance Framework 
  • Your opportunity to make a difference every single day!

Sydney CBD base with flexible work arrangements in place.

About Uniting: At Uniting we believe in taking real steps to make the world a better place. we work to inspire people, enliven communities, and confront injustice. Our focus is always on the people we serve no matter where they are at in life.

As an organisation we are Imaginative, Respectful, Compassionate, and Bold.

About the role:

This position is a key role within the Governance, Risk and Quality Directorate and is responsible for systemic improvements in Care and Clinical Governance with an emphasis on delivering continuous improvement and minimising risk and harm in client care.

This role is focused on providing strategic vision, defined professional and healthcare standards, and robust systems of quality assurance in the areas of clinical practice and care.

In addition, the post holder will provide professional leadership and expert resource to service leaders across Uniting in a shared governance model, working with other directorates on the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of healthcare governance frameworks to deliver service improvements that ensure safe, effective, person centred care.

As the Chief Nurse your role will:

  • Ensure the organisational adherence to care and Clinical Governance Policy and maintain the quality and safety of our residents/clients
  • Implement and monitor the sustainability of Care and Clinical Governance Framework, which include quality and safety reporting analysis and assurance
  • Provide clinical leadership on key areas of clinical safety, governance and learning and development
  • Lead the organisational approach to care and clinical training and development
  • Work collaboratively with other clinical teams to improve the quality and safety of clinical care
  • Influence and affect change at executive, clinical, service development and administrative levels within the organisation
  • Partner with the Risk team in the identification, measurement, and mitigation of organisational risks within the clinical and practice arenas
  • Monitor the effectiveness of a consistent process for the reporting of serious events and incidents
  • Monitor the effectiveness of a consistent methodology and investigation process regarding sentinel events
  • Lead the Uniting-wide approach to incident management, remediation, and resolution
  • Maintain a robust accreditation framework, and track performance against this across all service directorates
  • Adopt a Uniting-wide view, recognising the diversity of clients, regulatory frameworks and services delivered in determining optimal processes, policies, and approaches

About you:

Our ideal candidate has exceptional communication, negotiation, and influencing skills with high-level stakeholder engagement capability. You have a strong process mind, able to develop key insights from a complex array of data. You operate from the principles of care you seek to create for clients in the organisation. You are able to make the complex simple for others to understand and action. You are confident without being arrogant.

You are capable but do not have “something to prove”

You have outstanding written and communication skills. You have an inquisitive and strategic mind. You thrive on helping others to succeed even if it is at a cost to you. You are an exceptional team player. You have a high level of energy and enthusiasm.

You leverage your experience without always referring to it. You thrive on successful outcomes and not on processes. You genuinely care about the organisation and your staff.


  • Bachelor of Nursing with current AHPRA registration
  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant Health area related discipline


  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in work related to the areas of clinical care; medical sector, social services, and/or in relevant policy making agencies
  • Demonstrated senior leadership experience in coordination and management of a clinical risk program
  • Conceptual and innovative problem-solving skills for managing conflicting priorities and developing timely, successful recommendations and advice on policies, strategies, and solutions
  • Extensive practical knowledge of clinical systems and health services, including understanding of human and other factors impacting on patient safety
  • Knowledge and understanding of public health policy issues including evidence-based practice, health care safety and quality, social service evaluation, health and social care funding and resource allocation
  • A minimum of 8 years leading a team with diverse skills and accountabilities

Even better:

  • Post graduate qualification in a relevant field
  • Experience within Aged Care highly desirable
  • Clinical Governance Institute membership

Please note we would appreciate a brief cover letter as to why you have applied for this superb and challenging NEW role with Uniting.

Closing date - December 18th 2022

To request a copy of the Position Description and to discuss the salary range please call Louise Massie on 0422 154 242 or contact via email at

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Uniting actively contributes to a safe and supportive working environment that is inclusive of all staff through celebrating their nationality, cultural background, LGBTI status, abilities, gender, age, and uniqueness.

At Uniting we believe vaccination to be the best way to keep our employees and clients safe from COVID-19.  We require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19(3 doses) as a condition of employment.

Employment with Uniting is subject to satisfactory background checks which may include a national Police check, working with children check, working with vulnerable people check and reference checks

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