Her career has taken her across the globe – but Manly Hospital’s Jo Hayward is just as excited about her next move to Northern Beaches Hospital.​


Having studied at Royal London Hospital, the current South Wing 5 NUM started her career in ICU, before moving almost 10,000 kilometres to South Africa to work as a school nurse for underprivileged children.

After two years there, Jo decided it was time for another sea change – moving to Australia in 2005 where she discovered Manly Hospital.

“I didn’t know the Manly area and I was walking at North Head with my three children and literally stumbled across the hospital,” she said.

“I thought I’d pop in to ask about a job and that was the start of my career at Manly Hospital.

“I worked in the emergency medical ward for six years and then transitioned as a NUM in 2012.”

Jo is heading to Northern Beaches Hospital on October 30 and she believes the culture at Manly Hospital will follow those going to the new state-of-the-art facility.

“I’m really excited about the transition to NBH, as critical care NUM. This will be a great learning opportunity for all of us, and we’ve already started some educational plans for our staff,” she said.

“It will be really sad to say goodbye to our amazing view of the harbour, but the new equipment and air-conditioning will be worth the trade-off.

“Manly has such a friendly culture. It’s so nice to walk through the corridors and be greeted by everyone and I’m sure that tradition will carry on to the new hospital once we all settle in.”