Jan 19, 2021


My name is Kylie and I’ve worked at Kareena Private Hospital for 9 years and 6 months.

Describe your job without using a position title?

I work part time, and my role is extremely varied, each day is completely different, never the same. I am challenged on a daily basis and am lucky enough to be able to frequently learn new skills and ways to solve problems.

I am fortunate that I get the opportunity to interact with all health care workers throughout the hospital and help facilitate care for the patients we look after.

During this last year as an adjunct to my role above, I have been involved in COVID education throughout the hospital, which has been very challenging but I am very proud of the entire organisation’s ability to embrace the changes involved in managing our hospitals response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

What motivates you and why?

There are multiple reasons I feel motivated at work. The challenges, the learning, the ability to be able to help in ensuring the delivery of excellent patient care, feedback from all members of the multi-disciplinary team, and the opportunities provided to me by the organisation.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Fly an aeroplane! On a serious note, I would love to be able to improve my computer skills. Nursing these days has technologically moved forwards, and I really want to ensure I am proficient in the skills now required as a nurse to ensure I remain an excellent practitioner.

What does the Year of Health and Care Workers mean to you?

During 2020 we saw a particularly difficult time experienced by health care professionals, I believe it cemented for me how important it is to recognise the value of nurses in the health care systems. COVID-19 showed the world how important it is to recognise the nurse role in health, and the role health care workers play in our communities’ health.

So to this end I would hope that the year 2021 further strengthens this community knowledge. Within our hospital environment, I would hope we can continue to support each other holistically, at all levels, ensuring that we all continue to value the role, each and every one of us plays within our health care organisation. I believe if we are able to continue to be educated, to learn, and to manage this changed environment, then we will be able to deliver better and safer care to the patients, whilst continuing to ensure our own health and safety.

What would you say to inspire future generations of workers in health care?

Nursing will offer you numerous career opportunities. If you enjoy learning, and are open to new experiences you can be reassured that you will always have a job. You will be guaranteed to have fun and to laugh a lot, sometimes at yourself and sometimes at others. Nurses are legendary for their sense of humour, hard work and ability to cope under stressful situations.

It feels really good knowing you can contribute positively to a patient’s journey no matter the outcome.

I have met some of the most inspiring, and motivating people during my career, a number of whom are now good friends. The experiences you are exposed to with your colleagues ensures you will develop life-long friendships.