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Clinical Nurse Retrievals


Townsville Hospital and Health Service is the public healthcare provider for more than 250,000 people across a geographic area of 150,000km2, delivering a comprehensive range of services across 21 facilities, from primary care in regional locations to highly specialised care at the main hospital.

Townsville University Hospital, located adjacent to one of Queensland’s leading tertiary institutions, James Cook University, is the largest tertiary hospital in northern Australia, providing specialist referral services for 700,000 people living from Mackay, to the Torres Strait, to the Northern Territory border.

We are planning and innovating for the future, advancing healthcare through impactful research, training tomorrow’s health sector workforce.

Job details

Position status Permanent
Position type Full-time,Part-time
Occupational group Health - Nursing
Classification Nurse Grade 6 (1)
Workplace Location Townsville region
Job ad reference QLD/TV443589
Closing date 10-Oct-2022
Job duration Permanent full-time/part-time
Contact person Kirsten White
Contact details 07 4433 4128
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The Townsville Hospital and Health Service vision is world-class healthcare for northern Queensland.

Our purpose is `great care every day'.

About your opportunity

The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is currently seeking to recruit a Clinical Nurse (Retrievals) to their team on a permanent full-time/part-time basis. This position is based at Townsville University Hospital.

The Clinical Nurse will be based within the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of The Townsville University Hospital. The PICU is a tertiary referral unit serving the northern and far north regions of the state. The Townsville Paediatric Retrieval Service based within the PICU provides clinical advice, stabilises, and retrieves children from hospitals throughout these regions as part of a state-wide network. This role will be based within the PICU, and the applicant will be tasked with both retrieval work and clinical duties within the base hospital.

Generous remuneration package value up to $118,744 p.a. comprising:

  • Salary range of $3714.50 to $3977.40 p.f. or $48.87 - $52.33 p.h. (Nurse Grade 6, Band 1)
  • 4, 5, 6 weeks annual leave with 17.5% loading
  • 12.75% employer contribution to superannuation.

Other employment benefits may include: professional development, salary sacrificing options, shift and locality allowances, employee wellness and assistance programs, and access to corporate discounts.


  • It is a mandatory requirement to be and to remain vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent is a mandatory qualification for this position. 
  • Appointment to this this position requires proof of qualification and registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and possession of a current practising certificate.
  • Completion of all Townsville University Hospitals Mandatory Competencies
  • Commitment to 12 months service before undertaking other roles
  • Commitment to participate in associated agencies training requirements such as Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) and Emergency Breathing System (EBS).
  • Post Graduate qualifications in Critical Care Nursing or equivalent or working towards.
  • Current Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) Qualification or must complete within 6 months of joining the team. This must remain current whilst on the team.
  • Highly Desirable:
    • Minimum of 2 years recent experience within a tertiary PICU
    • Completion of Transition to PICU/EPiQ or equivalent.
    • Previous recent retrieval experience and/or qualifications.
    • Aviation nursing or retrieval/critical care transportation experience.
  • Appointees will be required to work all shifts in accordance with the unit roster, which will include participation in an on-call roster.
  • Travel: Ability to travel in all forms of retrieval vehicle without motion sickness.
  • This is a Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) risk role: Hepatitis A/B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, and Pertussis.
  • 3 or 6 month probation period.
  • Pre-employment checks will be conducted.

Please refer to the Role Description for further details.

Why make the change?

With over 300 days of sunshine a year Townsville is the largest centre in Northern Australia, offering a laid back tropical lifestyle and is the gateway to the world famous Great Barrier Reef, stunning beaches, rainforests and the Outback.  A vibrant, dynamic city, Townsville offers the perfect balance between spectacular natural attractions without sacrificing the benefits of a metropolitan city.  No matter your lifestyle, Townsville offers families, couples and friends a place to call home. 


Contact: Kirsten White on 07 4433 4128.

Apply ONLINE by: Monday 10 October 2022.

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