Nursing in PICU

Based in central Auckland, our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Starship Child Health is the only dedicated 22 bed paediatric intensive care/high dependency care unit in New Zealand. We support all inpatient medical and surgical services and provide care to children from around NZ who require respiratory support for more than 24 hours. We also staff and run the only dedicated paediatric retrieval service in New Zealand. 

Why work with us?

Working with us as a PICU nurse you'll receive an outstanding induction and benefit from ongoing education opportunities. This includes a post graduate certificate with the University of Auckland and the chance to work with children requiring a variety of clinical supports including advanced ventilation support therapies and Extra Corporeal Life Support modalities. The unit has active teaching and research programmes, and is involved in several Australasian research studies.

The variety of our nursing opportunities and our supportive work environment make our PICU a satisfying place to work.

What attributes you will need to have

Ideally you will come from a PICU, paediatric, neonatal or adult ICU background. Within our progressive unit there is room for a diverse range of nursing styles. The ability to critically decision-make, communicate clearly and be self aware are viewed as positive attributes which will help to ensure you are a good fit for the unit.

Normal nursing shifts

Each shift has a dedicated shift co-ordinator plus two runners or resource nurses. There is a unit clerk coverage from 7am to 9pm. The normal nursing shift is a 12 hour rostered day or night.

Wherever possible patients are assigned with consistency in mind and also have a primary nursing programme. The team listen to a brief handover from the previous shift and then a nurse to nurse handover at the bedside focuses on more detailed patient information. Nurses may look after one ICU patient or 2 High Dependency patients. They may also set up for an emergency admission or an elective surgical admission.

The multidisciplinary team do rounds at approximately 8.00am to plan care. Once a week we have multidisciplinary rounds where nurses may present their patient.

Nursing structure

PICU Nursing structure

Contact us

If this sounds like the working environment for you, you can go to Work at Starship to find out what positions are available and see how to apply.

You are also welcome to email Nic Gini, Nurse Unit Manager at or Emir Gillett, Associate Nurse Unit Manager at for more information or to set up a tour to see PICU.