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New post at university to strengthen community nursing research

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A new academic role set up in collaboration with a leading community nursing association has been created at a university in Scotland to focus on research that addresses problems in nursing practice.

Dr Catriona Kennedy has been appointed a professor of community nursing at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, following a collaboration with the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland.

She said her focus will be on “applied research” which can “inform person, family and community-focussed health and wellbeing” as well as “the organisation and delivery of health and social care services”.

”This collaboration supports the mission of QNIS – promoting excellence in community nursing to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland”

Clare Cable

Professor Kennedy worked as a district nurse for a number of years, before moving into education at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh where she took up post as QNIS advanced practitioner and lecturer in district nursing.

She has also previously worked with charity Marie Curie Cancer Care, Edinburgh’s Napier University and the University of Limerick.

Following competition of her PhD in 2000, she has conducted wide-spread nursing practice and community focussed research.

Her new post at RGU has been partially funded by the QNIS.

”Our focus is on applied research, which can inform person, family and community-focussed health and wellbeing”

Catriona Kennedy

Professor Ian Murray, head of RGU’s school for nursing and midwifery, said the university was “delighted” to welcome Professor Kennedy to the team and believed she would play an important role in developing the school’s research agenda.

Clare Cable, chief executive and nurse director of QNIS, said: “This collaboration supports the mission of QNIS – promoting excellence in community nursing to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.”

Professor Kennedy said: “I am delighted to join the school of nursing and midwifery at RGU and contribute to its growth and development in research.”

“The affiliation with the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland is very special, as they supported my move from clinical practice to start my academic career in 1991.

“Our focus is on applied research, which can inform person, family and community-focussed health and wellbeing, as well as the organisation and delivery of health and social care services,” she added.

Professor Kennedy will deliver a professorial lecture at RGU on 23 November entitled Anticipatory Care: a Fundamental Skill in Nursing?.

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