Professor Vivien Coates has been appointed by the Florence Nightingale Foundation as chair in clinical nursing practice research at Ulster University.
The new appointment is the seventh such position made by the foundation in the UK and the first in Northern Ireland.
“I am passionate about enhancing the standards of patient care”
It has come about through a partnership between the foundation, university and the Western Health and Social Care Trust.
In her new role as chair, Professor Coates will work across the three organisations to create a collaborative programme of research that advances clinical practice and patient care improvements.
She will provide an opportunity to “influence academic and clinical nursing nationally and internationally”, said a statement on the appointment.
Previously a professor of nursing research at Ulster, Professor Coates is also assistant director for nursing responsible for research and development activity at the trust.
Her prior work has focused upon education and research relating to the management of long-term conditions, in particular diabetes.
Professor Coates said: “I am passionate about enhancing the standards of patient care and seek, through this partnership, to ensure that by sharing knowledge, we can translate our excellent research into practical actions which improve the quality of care in hospital and community settings.
“I am privileged to be an ambassador for the Florence Nightingale Foundation and look forward, through my practice, research and teaching to honouring the memory of the founder of modern nursing,” she said.
Elizabeth Robb, chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation said: “We are delighted that Professor Coates has been appointed as our seventh Florence Nightingale chair in clinical nursing practice research.
“Building capacity and capability in research that makes a difference to patient care is central to the foundation’s aims and with Professor Coates’ appointment our network of chairs now covers all four countries of the United Kingdom,” she said.
The university’s links with nursing began when Florence Nightingale visited its Magee campus on 31 May 1867.