Griffith’s reputation as a world-leading authority in nursing has been firmly cementedfollowing the announcement that Professor Claire Rickard will be inaugurated into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

The news coincides with this week’s International Nurses Week (6-12 May).

Operated by Sigma Theta Tau International, the awards recognise members who arenurse researchers and who have achieved significant and sustained broad national
and/or international recognition for their work and whose research has impacted theprofession and the people it serves.

Acclaimed research into acute and critical care

Professor Rickard from the university’s Health Practice Innovation program andthe School of Nursing and Midwifery, has been widely acclaimed for her research intoacute and critical care which has significantly influenced hospital practices.

Professor Rickard had her groundbreaking research into intravenous catheter (IV drip)replacement published in The Lancet last year.

“It’s a real honour to receive this award, not just for me but on behalf of my team atGriffith, my Project Manager Nicole Marsh and the nurses we work with in hospitals
throughout Australia, especially Professor Joan Webster from the Royal Brisbane andWomen’s Hospital,” said Professor Rickard. “Joan has been a real inspiration to me in my
work in terms of using high level science to look at everyday nursing practices, and inbringing research to the bedside.

“This award also demonstrates Australian nursing’s ‘coming of age’ onto the world stage.This country has had a much shorter history of nursing research when compared to
countries such as the USA, however Australia has really begun to catch up now, and in many areas now leads the world.”

Professor Rickard will be travelling to Prague, Czech Republic in July to be inducted intothe International Nursing Hall of Fame.