Reporter 410, 17 November 1997

Honour for “role model” nurse

A University rheumatology expert has been made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing – one of only 90 nurses to receive the honour in the College’s history. Jackie Hill, lecturer in the Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Research Unit, was cited as being an excellent role model “not only for rheumatology nurses but for the nursing profession as a whole.”

Jackie trained as a nurse 30 years ago and although she has entered academia she still has a foot in both camps. Her research has shown that nurses are crucial in meeting the whole range of patients’ needs. “Consultants are mainly concerned with curing patients but nurses provide care. We can teach patients how to care for themselves and help families to cope,” she said. Jackie is in the last year of a part-time PhD at Leeds. Her next project will look at whether patients are more likely to take prescribed drugs if they understand how they work.

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