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“Power is in your hands”: Emergency Department nurse collects inaugural award

Peninsula Health nurse Kartik Jagathesesan is acknowledged in front of his peers. Photo: Supplied. 

Kartik Jagathesesan always knew nursing was for him because of the difference he could make to people’s lives.
 
Never more so than now – during the course of a pandemic – has he appreciated what a positive patient experience can do for a person, and it is that attitude which has won over the respect of his colleagues.
 
Last week Kartik became the first staff member in the Peninsula Health Emergency Department to collect a locally hand-made Hand Medal, one of 14 donated to the health service.

Some of The Hand Medal Project medallions. Photo: Supplied. 

“One hand medal will be given to a staff member each fortnight who has been nominated for outstanding work by their peers,” says ED Operations Director Trish O’Neill, who presented Kartik with his medal.
 
“These small metal hands are a token of appreciation for the efforts of all caregivers, nurses and doctors during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
 
Thank you to The Hand Medal Project for involving us in this lovely gesture. See some of the many hundreds of recipients from around the world: https://www.instagram.com/handmedalproject/

Peninsula Health nurse Kartik Jagathesesan pins on his hand medal. Photo: Supplied.