Caroline finds her calling at Huntleigh Home

Clinical coordinator Caroline Vincent puts her study into best practice.

Huntleigh Home clinical coordinator Caroline Vincent enjoys working in a place that meets her values and supports her learning.

Caroline joined the team at the Enliven home in Karori after her nursing studies helped her realise where she wanted to apply what she’d learnt.

“I wanted to learn about the health trajectory for elders so I could give families the bigger picture with reassurance and clarity as to what they might expect for their loved ones,” she says.

She says the home allows her to do that, while also providing an environment where she is supported to continue her studies.

“The Enliven training meets my values and supports me. What is unique is that Enliven has its own Nurse Practitioner and GP working together to provide oversight to all the Wellington facilities without having to rely on an external GP clinic.”

Caroline’s journey to her current role began 10 years ago when, at 24, she says she had to stop and think hard about what best to do with her biology degree and her life.

“I took a year off and then applied to do nursing,” she says. “I became passionate about mental health and older people, particularly those with dementia, which led to more study.”

Caroline’s post graduate certificate in mental health involved time at Kenepuru Hospital’s geriatric psychiatric ward Te Whare Ra Uta which specialises in care for people with dementia.

Next her studies took her in the direction of community focused intellectual disability forensics at Haumietiketike, also part of Kenepuru Hospital.

Then after having two children Caroline sought a more permanent position where she could put all her study into practice and got a job at Huntleigh Home, her ideal environment for continuing to learn.

With a master’s degree in mind Caroline has not finished her studies yet but for now she says she is in just the right place.

Enliven is always on the lookout for great people to join the team. If you, or someone you know is looking for a role in aged care, visit our careers page or email: .

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