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ACU Professor Mary Courtney ‘International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame’ inductee

Mary Courtney ‘International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame’ inductee

ACU nurse researcher Professor Mary Courtney was inducted into the prestigious ‘International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame’ of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honour Society for Nursing.

The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is one of STTIs International Awards for Nursing Excellence to recognise nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national and international recognition for their work and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.

Professor Courtney attended the STTI conference in Hong Kong in July 2014 to receive the award and participated in the conversation presentation with the STTI President Hester C. Klopper who was keen to know what advice inductees had for the novice researcher.

Professor Courtney said the hallmark of a successful researcher is one who focuses 100% on quality and attention to detail. “Ensuring the research design is strong and data collection rigorous will be major contributors in achieving quality publication.”

She said “someone once said to me very early in my research career, the only equality all researchers have is that we all have 24 hours in the day that we can use. Apart from that, the rest is up to us what we do with that time. So time management and focusing on quality is very important.”

Professor Courtney’s current research focuses on the gap in current models of care which fails to address the needs of women and men with a dual diagnosis of cardiac disease and diabetes. She said “despite evidence of gender influences on health-seeking behaviours, self-management programs have not been effectively tailored for (or evaluated among) women and men with dual cardiac and diabetes diagnosis who have been hospitalised.”

Professor Courtney said she was delighted to receive this award. “I’m very grateful and thankful to the many exceptional research colleagues with whom I’ve worked along the way for their mentorship and support."