Accolades for Nursing Research Institute

ACU's Nursing Research Institute has enjoyed plenty of success recently, including international recognition and an important research grant.


Director of Nursing Research Institute inducted as a Fellow of American Academy of Nursing

Professor Sandy Middleton, Director of ACU’s Nursing Research Institute, was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. The American Academy of Nursing serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,300 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognised for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.  Applicants were reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent of how the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies, and population health and well-being. Professor Middleton travelled to Washington DC in early October to accept her appointment at the Academy’s 2017 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference hosted by the American Academy of Nursing.

Director of Nursing Research Institute inducted into International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) has inducted Professor Middleton, into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The induction took place in July this year, at the STTI’s 28th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland.

The Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is for nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves.

NHRMC success for ACU nurse researchers

Professor Middleton and Associate Professor Elizabeth McInnes, also from the Nursing Research Institute, are part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers awarded a $1.064m NHMRC Partnership Grant. Led by Professor Johanna Westbrook, Director of the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) at Macquarie University, the four-year project; Creating a culture of safety and respect: a controlled, mixed-methods study of the effectiveness of a behavioural accountability intervention to reduce unprofessional behaviours (Ethos) will be conducted at four St Vincent’s Health Australia hospitals (private and public) across three states. This innovative mixed-methods research aims to improve health professionals to role model and teach safe behaviour, thus improving organisational safety culture and patient safety and outcomes.

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