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Cardiothoracic & Vascular Intensive Care Unit

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Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care Unit/High Dependency Unit - CVICU/HDU

CVICU/HDU operates as a part of the largest public healthcare provider in New Zealand, the Auckland District Health Board. Set in the heart of cosmopolitan Auckland, we boast four teaching hospitals. Our organisation’s vision is: Healthy Communities, Quality Healthcare, and we value Integrity, Innovation, Effectiveness and Respect.

CVICU/HDU leads New Zealand in providing specialised nursing care to adult patients in the Auckland area. Our world renowned clinicians provide challenging patient care situations everyday, but you can rest assured you are working with some of the best in the business!

Based at the technologically advanced Auckland City Hospital, this high paced environment will have you exposed to interesting and stimulating cases providing care for valve and graft surgery, IABP support, LVAD, ECMO and a full transplant service. We also trial some of the most cutting edge technology for ventilation and humidification.

We provide a 24 hour service covering both elective and acute admissions, with patient stays ranging from 24 hours to a few weeks for those who remain dependant on our care.

Personal time is important and Auckland City is the ultimate hub for variety. This is evident in the 1.3 million people that live here and the huge and diverse landscape it covers. Whether you enjoy lying on the beach, going sailing, enjoying native bush walks, trying indoor snow skiing, going shopping or checking out the nightlife, Auckland has loads to offer!!

Benefits of working with the CV ICU/HDU

  • We offer relocation packages designed to make your move easier.
  • Personalised and friendly support and advice during your application and relocation process
  • The orientation programmes are designed to be flexible so they are as individual as you are, and offer as much or as little help as you need.
  • The unit has a proven record of professional development opportunities, with many of our nurses moving into senior roles.
  • Access to a subsidised holiday home on Waiheke Island (40 mins from Auckland City!)
  • Fully flexible rostered shifts are available to all staff.


There is every opportunity to develop your career in CVICU/HDU – just take a look at what we have to offer!
You’ll find all the essential elements are covered in our orientation to Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care Unit programme. Theory sessions cover areas such as cardiovascular instability, ventilation concepts, sedation assessments and chest opening familiarization. Skills are then practiced with your own preceptor who will work along side you. If you already have a background in this area, an individual programme can be customized to meet your learning needs

Your professional progression will be structured around workshops involving practical sessions and a supervised competency time. Topics include IABP, CRRT and LVAD. Auckland District Health Board also offers additional study opportunities, some of which are mandatory to CVICU, for example our Transplant study day and Resuscitation study day.

As an experienced proficient clinical nurse your education moves to increase your leadership skills to help with unit coordination and team development. Study days are provided in areas such as communication and managing difficult situations. There is also a ‘buddy charge’ system which supports the development of the unit coordinators.

Subsidized places are offered annually on the local university Intensive Care Postgraduate Certificate, where nurses from numerous ICU’s can exchange views and ideas whilst extending their knowledge.
We also actively support your attendance at both local and international conferences, CNME (education money) and grants can be made available to fund these functions.


Find out more:

To discuss the opportunities currently available in the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care Unit and High Dependency Unit please contact Louise Ayrey (Recruitment Consultant) on louisea@adhb.govt.nz or phone 09-3074949 extension 28772.