Nurse recognised for improving trauma patients’ quality of life
Clinical Associate Professor Kate Curtis has been recognised in the Sydney Morning Herald's latest (Sydney) magazine (Issue #93, January 2011) as one of Sydney’s 100 most influential people in 2010, for her work as a trauma nurse and researcher. According to the list, Kate "is among the new breed of nurse conquering academia ... "
Dr Curtis told the magazine that she is “passionate about research that improves the trauma patient’s quality of life”. She can be credited for research recommending a trauma nurse specialist be assigned to a patient from the moment of arrival at hospital until their discharge.
She is currently leading two sentinel pieces of collaborative trauma research conducted across 10 trauma centres, two universities and with the collaboration of the NSW Institute for Trauma and Injury Management. For the first time, this research will identify the characteristics of patients who incur high treatment costs and patient cohorts to target in terms of injury prevention. It’s the first phase of a program of research that will enable the assessment of the broader financial, clinical and health impacts associated with trauma in Australasia. It has significant planning, budget and resource implications for the Australian Health Care system.
Kate has just achieved two ‘firsts’ for nurses. Recently she was keynote speaker at Trauma 2010, an international meeting hosted in Melbourne by the National Trauma Research Institute and the Australasian Trauma Society. It is the first time an Australian nurse has been a keynote speaker at this meeting. This follows on from Kate’s keynote addresses at the Hawaiian Islands trauma symposium, where she was the first ever nursing keynote speaker, and was among extremely distinguished trauma faculty members.
At both meetings Kate focussed on the importance of nursing innovation and leadership as well as providing evidence-based updates on clinical trauma care and trauma systems. The presentation titles included Critical Aspects of Trauma Nursing Care: What Does the Evidence Support?; Trauma Nursing Innovations – The Future is Now; In-Hospital Trauma Systems – What Actually Works?
Also in 2010, Kate was appointed as a visiting senior research fellow at the NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre.