School's Research Fellow Wins the First Annette J. Bartley Memorial Scholarship


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Congratulations to Caroline Sime, who is a research fellow with the School, who is the winner of the first Annette J. Bartley Memorial Scholarship, earning her a free trip to the Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI)  IHI National Forum (December 10-13 in Orlando, Florida). The IHI will award the scholarship to one nursing professional every year. It includes a free registration to the Forum and $1,000 towards the cost of travel and lodging.

Caroline, a district nurse by training, is currently a Lecturer (Research) within the Deteriorating Patient Research Group led by Professor Kevin Rooney at the Institute of Healthcare Policy & Practice at the University of the West of Scotland. Her current nursing-focused work centres on improving the lives of people living with any life-limiting disease requiring palliative care.

A panel of judges, including some of Annette’s closest nursing colleagues and friends from the IHI’s staff and faculty, chose Caroline’s winning essay — about improving the identification of palliative care needs for people living with a life-limiting illness in one community setting — from many excellent candidates for the award.

Annette J. Bartley (March 12, 1962 – November 24, 2016), RN, BA, MS, MPH, was a nurse and health care improvement coach for more than 30 years, which included several leadership roles in frontline clinical care and management. A beloved member of the IHI community, Annette leaves behind a legacy of kindness, compassion, and optimism.

Here is Caroline Sime’s scholarship-winning essay.