My name is Riripeti Hendriksen, also known as Liz. I started working at Cairnfield House in 2013 as a Health Care Assistant. Prior to this job I worked in hospitality for many years and also worked in the community doing cares for people at home.
After working as a Health Care Assistant for a couple of years, I was given the opportunity to upskill myself and become a Team Leader in my role where I undertook medication and first aid training. Our Clinical Manager also approached me and asked if I would like to educate myself further with Career Force training to upskill in Health and Wellbeing, which I have completed.
Another opportunity arose when our new hospital wing opened in 2018, where I was allocated the fulltime position as the morning shift Team Leader. Over the past 3 years I worked as a Team Leader and a support person for the Registered Nurses. I also trained to become the Infection Control Trainer for our facility which is ongoing.
I decided I needed a new challenge working with residents with complex cares and cognitive needs. An opportunity became available in March 2021 for an Activities Coordinator and I jumped at the chance. I am thoroughly enjoying my new position and learning new skills daily and really enjoy the interaction with our residents.
I have now decided to work my brain even more and educate myself as a Diversional Therapist. With the support of our Management team behind me and the encouragement that is given by staff and residents, I will be starting my Career Force training in Diversional Therapy in August 2021.
I look forward to what the future holds for me and sharing my new skills.
Nga Mihi Koutou