Concord Hospital nurse practitioner Karina So vies for prestigious nursing award
Concord Hospital nurse practitioner Karina So has been named one of 12 national finalists in the 2019 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards.
In their 13th year, the awards recognise nurses, midwives and teams for their professionalism, innovation and care across a range of health settings.
Karina is one of four finalists in the Nurse of the Year category for her dedication to improving clinical care standards and the health outcomes of patients with urological and continence management conditions.
“I know urology is not sexy, but it is very important area of work,” Karina said.
“We care about the people we help. We love our profession because we all make a difference.”
Karina has been a practising urology nurse in Sydney for more than 30 years and she has spent most of her career at Concord.
Fellow nurse, long-term friend and nursing unit manager Joanne Kaoutal, who started working with Karina in 1991, described her as “approachable, resourceful, caring and someone who always makes time for others.”
“She is what other nurses want to be like. She is a great role model for all nurses,” Joanne said.
At a celebration to mark Karina’s nomination, Concord Hospital’s Director of Nursing, Sharne Hogan, paid tribute to the “energy” Karina brings to her work.
Karina has witnessed many changes to Concord during her time at the hospital and said she is looking forward to working in the new Aged Care and Rehabilitation Centre, which is currently under construction and due to open in 2021.
“I’m excited about the Aged Care building and services that are part of the Redevelopment plans at Concord,” she said.
Karina has held various positions including past President and Vice President of the NSW Urological Nurses Society. She is passionate about the management of acute, chronic and complex lower urinary tract symptoms. She is also a committed educator and she has been appointed a Clinical Lecturer at the Sydney Medical School.
HESTA Chief Executive Officer Debby Blakey said this year’s Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards feature, for the first time, individual awards categories for midwives and nurses.
“This year’s finalists have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to patient care and clinical improvement and through these Awards we’re honoured to help shine a light on their amazing work,” she said.
Winners in the HESTA Nurse of the Year, Midwife of the Year and Team Excellence categories will take home $10,000 each towards further education or team development.
“I am so grateful for the individual recognition but I’m one of the lucky ones who is just part of a great team,” Karina said.
“All nurses are part of teams, of all different demands and sizes. By just being nominated and then becoming a finalist, I have won no matter what happens.”
Find out more about the Awards at hestaawards.com.au.