1 March 2016
Florence Nightingale’s Legacy Returns to Ulster University
The legacy of Florence Nightingale and Ulster University is being celebrated at the University’s Magee campus in Derry~Londonderry once again with the news that Professor Vivien Coates has been appointed by the Florence Nightingale Foundation as Chair in Clinical Nursing Practice Research.
Professor Coates’s appointment is the seventh such position in the UK and the first ever in Northern Ireland. It is part of a pioneering partnership between Ulster University, the Western Health and Social Care Trust and the Florence Nightingale Foundation.
The historical links with nursing at Ulster University’s Magee campus and Florence Nightingale date back to 31st May 1867 when she visited the then College. Today Ulster University’s School of Nursing is one of the top three performing nursing schools in the UK and 96% of its research is ranked internationally excellent or world-leading.
In her 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. Her new role will provide an opportunity to influence academic and clinical nursing nationally and internationally.
Professor Coates’s work in Northern Ireland has focused upon education and research relating to the management of chronic illness and in particular diabetes. She is currently Professor of Nursing Research at Ulster University and is also Assistant Director for Nursing responsible for R&D activity at the Western Health and Social Care Trust.
Professor Coates said: “Ulster University’s School of Nursing has an international reputation for excellence in nursing research and nurse education. These achievements have grown from the commitment in the School to foster research, as the basis for health care and professional education.
“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.”
Alan Corry Finn, Executive Director of Nursing for the Western Trust commented:“On behalf of the Western Trust I would like to congratulate Professor Vivien Coates on her appointment to the Florence Nightingale Foundation. We are very fortunate to have such an influential nurse leader working within our Trust, driving forward changes to ensure best research and evidence is utilised and excellent standards of care for our patients.
“I have no doubt Vivien’s vast experience in nursing research and development will be instrumental in this new role to support not just the nursing profession but ultimately the patient.”
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."