GYMPIE Hospital nurse educator Kathryn Geisler has been selected as a finalist in the state wide 2012 Health and Community Services Workforce Innovation Awards.
The Health and Community Services Workforce Innovation Awards recognise organisations and individuals who are striving to improve the way they work and the services they provide through the adoption of innovative workforce practices.
There are nine Award categories and Kathryn has been nominated for the Workforce Champion category.
This category recognises an individual for their outstanding contribution to the development and/or implementation of innovative workforce practices.
Ms Geisler said her nomination for the award was made possible by the innovative work being done by the ward unit trainers of the Gympie Health Service Patient Manual Handling Team.
The Patient Manual Handling Team, co-ordinated by Ms Geisler, now comprises a core group of 24 trainers.
The program trains staff to determine the safest and most appropriate techniques for assisting, supporting or transferring patients, at the same time ensuring risk is not transferred to other workers or people.
The innovative work of the Patient Manual Handling Team has previously been recognised. In 2006, the team won a Queensland Health Occupational Health and Safety award and in 2010 was also the inaugural winner of the Sunshine Coast Wide Bay Health Service District Awards for "From learning to action: a practical patient safety improvement".
Winners will be presented with their Award at a Gala Dinner at the Hilton Hotel Brisbane on Thursday, May 31.