Stephenie Leith

Stephenie Leith

Panellist: Diversity and inclusion in the workplace panel
Time: Tuesday 11 September, 2.00 pm

Stephenie is a registered nurse, trained many years ago, and for the past 18 years has worked for Presbyterian Support Otago. For 13 of those years, she managed a small residential care facility in her home town of Balclutha in South Otago. Five years ago, Stephenie moved to her current role, managing Iona Enliven Care Home, which is home to 79 people, in Oamaru, North Otago. 

Stephenie is passionate about her work and the standard of care provided and works with some amazingly dedicated people. She has championed the organisation’s values and has led two homes to four years’ certification. She is proud to work for a leading organisation, which has attained this recognition in all its eight residential care facilities.

Stephenie has seen many changes in the sector over the 18 years and there have been many challenges, but she believes the biggest one which faces us today is that of the aging population, aging workforce and the difficulty recruiting and retaining staff – especially registered nurses. We do not appear to be an attractive work environment to our Kiwi nurses and it is becoming the same for careworkers. We now have a cohort of migrant staff, without which our service would not exist. The challenge is supporting these staff in the workplace so that they feel integrated, included and respected. We must work to ensure that they are happy and confident in the workplace, settled in community and therefore enabled to fulfil the vision and philosophy of the organisation.