Jun 15, 2021


My name is Zara Hardy and I’ve worked at Port Macquarie Private Hospital for just over 12 months.

Describe your job without using a position title?

I am privileged enough to meet with people at vulnerable times in their lives and help meet their care needs. I get to develop relationships that change my life every day. In my role I also have the honour to work beside some remarkable professionals who have dedicated their lives to caring for others.

What motivates you and why?

My patients and my colleagues. I have spent almost 10 years slowly upskilling in nursing. I can honestly say, I have never walked out at the end of my shift without 100% certainty I love what I do. Everyone has bad days, although no matter how hard it has been to keep moving forward, I have never lost motivation. Every patient I’ve had the privilege to know has inspired me to be the best I can be for them, I want to keep them safe, to offer a genuine experience were they feel important, respected and valued. Similarly, the unbelievably skilled, experienced and exceptional colleagues I’ve had the privilege to work alongside have continued to ignite the passion I have for nursing, hoping I can one day be someone who sets a respectful and admirable example.

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

If I could learn to do anything, it would probably be how to assist/ complete care for major wounds. I have always thought it is amazing what we can do to heal the human body. It’s a pretty special thing to be a part of an area I really hope to explore.

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

For me this is a year to give thanks to those who have come before us, those who are involved in health care on a daily basis and for those who will come after. I have met so many health care workers throughout my life who have done a job that truly takes a special individual to commit to. I’m so proud to be part of this workforce and excited to be part of the new graduate nursing program in the August intake – I can’t wait!

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

If you want a career filled with people who will become your family, as you go through some of the most amazing and hardest times of your life. This is it. Two of my siblings work as part of the Ramsay Team, so we are family. Through highs and lows no two days will be the same. It’s all part of the adventure and brilliance of being a nurse.