Clinical Coordinator Lesieli Polutele is an exemplary nurse who lives and breaths the care and dedication of a nurse towards our customers each and every day.
Born and raised in a village called Afa in Tongatapu. Second eldest of ten siblings. Mother to four children, grandmother to four kids. Began my nursing career in Tonga at the age 19 (1982), moved to New Zealand in 1998. Nursing career in New Zealand started at Greenlane hospital, then made the move to Auckland Hospital in 2003. Completed my education in Postgraduate diploma in health science: advance nursing at University of Auckland 2013. Then continued to complete a postgraduate certificate in specialty care in 2014 from Whitireia Polytechnic.
I do home-visits where I assess the client that has been referred to me by the DHB or MOH. After assessing them I write down the care-plan and the client’s goal they wish to achieve within 3-4 months. I give this information to the FC (field coordinator) who then sends a support worker. I also conduct workshops for the support workers in order to aid them in furthering their knowledge and skill.
Most customers are very welcoming and are very eager to participate in their healthcare. This makes the job much easier and more enjoyable.
I have completed a certificate in Everyday Leaders. I participated in the MoneySmart workshop with Whanau Ora. I also run our internal training workshops alongside Louise.
What I like most about Pacific Homecare is how it helps to support and promote better health and lifestyles amongst our Pacific communities. The atmosphere of inclusiveness ties to our Pacific values of family and sense of community making the healthcare journey for clients and staff a pleasant one.
My father is my greatest inspiration. Though we had little money, he worked very hard to provide for the needs and wants of his family. He would constantly remind me that to get further in life, getting an education would be key. His work ethic and compassion I carry with me.
I love to go home and spend time with my family and discuss how our day has been over a nice hot dinner. I spend an hour reading my scriptures. But I do really enjoy letting my brain relax by playing Candy Crush. I often try to implement do 10-15mins of exercise.
Fruits and vegetables (particularly mangoes)
Tongan and English
Reading and going for walks/drives with my family at a park or beach
Walking barefoot to school with no lunch some days. Though it may not be positive to others, to me it is a humble reminder to never forget the struggle I had to go through to get to where I am today.
A nurse. When I was younger I was a patient with Meningitis, the hospital I stayed in had no lights, therefore, the nurse would always walk around with a torch to check on patients. To me, this was moving in showing how much care and dedication nurses showed to take care of people.
I would be pursuing an education and path in becoming a Priest.