Mercy Hospital Springfield nurse Karin Steinle, BSN, has recently earned the new title, “Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional.” Having worked in the healthcare field for over 30 years, Steinle is no stranger to the risks involved while transporting a patient. Since January 2007, Mercy has had a Transfer Safety Program in place to ensure the safety of patients and employees during a transfer.
Steinle sees it as a way to “keep our staff safe and at the same time have a safer environment for patients.” Through this educational program, employees are able to prevent injuries to themselves while working around several obstacles. There is a need to “develop a culture of safety,” says Steinle. “That way people can avoid being out of work due to injuries and continue helping others on the road to recovery.” Steinle hopes the program teaches nurses to better use the equipment which would result in more effective transfers.
Mercy is currently the only hospital in Southwest Missouri to maintain a program of this nature. Steinle is “proud of the facility for supporting this.” Requirements for certification include being a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s degree and three years of experience in the field.