Kandahar Home is one big family for Leslie

For Leslie Abubo, working at Enliven’s Kandahar Home and Court in Masterton means being part of a fun and diverse family.

Leslie, who is from the Philippines, is currently acting clinical nurse manager at Kandahar, after starting there as a registered nurse in 2020.

Her role involves overseeing the residents’ care plans, ensuring the safety of the residents and staff, and making sure everyone has the necessary skills to uphold Enliven’s quality of care.

What she loves about her job, and what motivates her, is the connection she makes with residents and her fellow staff members.

“You connect to the lives of the people that live here,” she says. “You build a good relationship with them, not just on a professional level, it becomes like they are family.”

The staff and residents at Kandahar Home and Court come from all walks of life, and Leslie says everyone is accepted and respected for who they are.

Leslie worked as a registered nurse in the Philippines for about 10 years before moving to New Zealand with her husband.

When she first arrived in 2017, she had a brief stint as a healthcare assistant at Kandahar Home before leaving to work at another rest home. Whilst there she completed a Competency Assessment Programme, allowing her to work as a registered nurse in New Zealand.

However, she always felt like she would come back to Kandahar Home. She says there are lots of opportunities for professional growth with Enliven, and Kandahar felt like where she should be.

“There is a family here, and it feels like you really belong.”

Kandahar Home and Court team is looking for great people to join their work whānau. For more information about the roles available and what it’s like to work for Enliven visit our jobs page or email: .

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