Nursing runs in the family for clinical manager

A career in nursing runs in the family of Bupa Northhaven Care Home Clinical Manager, Addlight Kurewa.

The 56 year old says nursing holds a special place for her as it was her late Aunt’s profession.

“My Aunt was a hospital nurse and I really admired her empathetic and caring nature and the way she interacted with her patients. It inspired me to become a nurse and to continue to care for people,” Addlight said.

After finishing her Diploma in Registered Nursing in Zimbabwe, Addlight worked at Old Mutare Mission Hospital for 19 years before moving to New Zealand. She has been working in aged care since moving to New Zealand in 2009. An eight week Competence Assessment Programme (CAP), facilitated by Bupa, gave Addlight the confidence to transition from hospital care to aged care.

The completion of the Clinical Manager Leadership training has also given Addlight additional skills and advice of ‘resilience’ when faced with challenges. The family connection continues with Addlight’s husband Andris as the care home kitchen assistant. Although Addlight likes to joke that Andris doesn’t do much cooking at home after making such delicious meals for the residents.

The mother of three (one son and two daughters) has a busy life outside of work and says she loves the surrounding beaches and also the ‘very kind’ local community.

With 2020 as the official Year of the Nurse, now the next generation of Kurewa family are taking up nursing as well with Addlight’s 34 year old daughter, Charlene Rue Kurewa, studying nursing at Manukau Institute of Technology.

Addlight says she’s very proud that nursing will continue through her daughter and says her role at Bupa Northhaven is about caring for people so that they can carry on enjoying life.

“I’m here for the residents who need some assistance and It’s very important to me to continue to help them and make them happy,” she said.