Caring for others helps nurse grieve tragic death

nurse has vowed to show kindness and help make the world a better place after the loss of her two-year-old son.


Marion Woodham’s son tragically passed away last year, three weeks before she started a graduate nursing program at Hollywood Private Hospital.


“My world had been turned upside down,” Mrs Woodham said.


“The team at Hollywood, from training and development, executive team and ward staff, provided the most gentle and respectful support, comfort and compassion needed in this very difficult part of my life.


“With their support, I was able to concentrate on learning and helping others.


“Nursing gave me a purpose – I relied on wanting to help.


“I was able to go back to basics and do something I love.


“It reinforced my will to do my best and show kindness to make the world a better place.”


Mrs Woodham was recognised for her dedication in the Ramsay Health Care Excellence Awards. She took out the WA/SA Graduate Award of Excellence for her professional approach throughout her graduate year.


“It felt great to be recognised by Ramsay Health Care,” Ms Woodham said.

“I am forever grateful as this supportive environment allowed me to express my passion for caring and helping.

“I would probably not have achieved and flourished without this team.”

Training and Development Manager Anne Green said Mrs Woodham was nominated for the award because she demonstrated personal compassionate leadership with her team and fellow graduates.

“Marion showed complete focus and drive,” Ms Green said.

“Knowing the enormity of what she and her husband had gone through left me in awe as to how they could possibly cope.

Until I realsised that it was by being the best nurse she could be, that this was in fact helping her along her own path, and driving the excellent standard of care she provided to her patients and their families.”

The Ramsay Health Care Excellence Awards were held virtually throughout Australia on February 24. Sixteen outstanding people were celebrated for their roles as supervisors, graduates, interns, leaders and ‘people caring for people’.

Ramsay Chief Executive Officer Carmel Monaghan said she was proud of all staff who who showed such amazing commitment to excellence, professionalism, leadership and care in the past 12 months.

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