Colleagues sing the praises of nominated super nurse Karen

NOMINEE  Health award nominee, Karen Neller, front, pictured with the rehab team, from left, Jo Saunders, Sharron Ball, Kath Allan, Sandy Burn, Sheila Batchelor, Karen Gosling, Christina Saunders, Nicola Moss, Carolyn Smith, Colin Smith and Melody Shauner at the Health Campus, Milton, Portsmouth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122077-578)
NOMINEE Health award nominee, Karen Neller, front, pictured with the rehab team, from left, Jo Saunders, Sharron Ball, Kath Allan, Sandy Burn, Sheila Batchelor, Karen Gosling, Christina Saunders, Nicola Moss, Carolyn Smith, Colin Smith and Melody Shauner at the Health Campus, Milton, Portsmouth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122077-578)

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COLLEAGUES cannot praise the hard work of nurse Karen Neller enough.

So they have put her up for Hospital Nurse of the Year in this year’s Best of Health Awards 2012.

Karen, 48, works as a nurse in the Spinnaker Ward, which helps rehabilitate elderly patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

She has been put up for the award by her colleagues, who have described her as ‘superb’, ‘supportive’ and an ‘excellent role model’.

Consultant geriatrician Dr Sue Poulton said: ‘Karen has always been a superb support for her junior staff.

‘She has been very supportive of transitions through difficult times.

‘She has supported her team and kept morale high.

‘She is an excellent role model and very good at rehabilitation of older patients.’

And senior physiotherapist Melody Chawner said: ‘I have worked with Karen for more than 10 years and through this time have had the utmost admiration for her skills as a nurse and as a leader.’

Karen said she was surprised at her nomination.

She said: ‘I’m absolutely over the moon to be nominated.

‘This is the first time it has happened in my career and I have been a nurse for nearly 30 years.

‘It’s great to know colleagues think of me like this and I feel quite emotional about it.

‘I have never wanted to do anything else other than to be a nurse.

‘My mum used to be a nurse as well so it’s something I have always wanted to do.’

This year’s awards night, backed by Wave 105, takes place on Friday, September 21, at the Portsmouth Guildhall and will be hosted by Fred Dinenage.

But time is running out to get your nominations in.

To make sure your health hero is in with a chance, you have to nominate them.

Categories range from Hospital Nurse of the Year to Pharmacy of the Year.

The deadline has been extended to Friday, June 29, so people now have seven days left to nominate.

To nominate all you have to do is fill in the nominate form and return it back to us by June 29.