Colleen Burgio is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in implementing Safe Patient Handling and Movement programs as well as the development of Safety Cultures.

Colleen received her Nursing Degree with Honors from Eastern New Mexico University in 1985. She began her Nursing career in California, and has worked in Neurological Rehabilitation, Psychiatric, Medical-Surgical nursing as well as in a float pool.

Colleen has been a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist since 1995 and has 26 years of experience in worker safety programs and developing cultures of safety for staff to work within. She has worked for companies such as Advanced Micro Devices, Intel, CPI, and IBM. In 1999, she returned to the hospital setting to practice Occupational Health in Healthcare where she managed a team providing workers’ compensation, safety programs, and occupational health services to 4,000 employees at 2 hospitals and multiple practice settings throughout southeast Georgia. Today, she is the Regional Occupational Health Nurse working with a company that has surgical centers and critical access hospitals in southeast Georgia.

For many years, Colleen observed how many healthcare professionals often overlook their own safety, tolerating lifting requirements that were unparalleled in the industrial setting, to provide care to their patients. This began her journey into the world of Safe Patient Handling. She has implemented a successful SPHM program for a major hospital system in Savannah, Georgia, which has achieved a 50% reduction in patient handling related injuries within the hospital, and with working on a new program for surgery centers and critical access hospitals in southwest Georgia.

Colleen has presented at the AAOHN conference and GHA on accident investigation and has published articles on the topic of SPHM. She enjoys collaborating with forward-focused leaders; helping them to define and develop the future vision for their organization.