Bridie Kent
A University of Plymouth academic is to be inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.
Professor Bridie Kent, Professor of Leadership Nursing, has been chosen to join a global list of people who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves.
Hall of Fame honorees are inducted annually at Sigma’s International Nursing Research Congress where nearly 1,000 nurse researchers, students, clinicians, and leaders learn from evidence-based research presentations.
This year’s congress is taking place in Abu Dhabi in July, where Professor Kent will become only the seventh UK researcher – out of more than 270 worldwide – to be inducted since the Hall of Fame was launched in 2010.
This global recognition complements a number of previous national awards, which have included her being made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing – the organisation’s highest honour – for her outstanding contributions to nursing research and practice.
She said:
“I am really proud of the recognition this gives for the work that I, and the teams that I’ve been part of, have accomplished. It also acknowledges the impact of our research on patients, policies and practice in the UK and further afield. I’m extremely honoured to become part of a very awesome group of recipients, all of whom have made highly substantive contributions to global health that will resonate for decades.”
Bridie Kent old photograph (rectangle)
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Bridie Kent FRCN
Professor Kent has been based at the University off Plymouth since 2013, having previously worked at various locations in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland.
She is renowned worldwide as an expert in the research associated with clinical practice and implementation science, and her research has advanced knowledge and action in fields ranging from critical care to frailty, health workforces and evidence-based practice.
Her clinical field of practice is intensive care nursing, with her PhD research helping to inform policies and practices associated with organ and tissue donation in the UK and beyond.
More recently the ICON study, on which she was a co-investigator, has been cited in government committees and is influencing policy changes associated with workforce support during exceptional times such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
During her career, Professor Kent has supervised 49 research students and supported a number of research student applications and post-doctoral fellowship awards. 
She has also continued to practise in clinical settings, returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic in the intensive care unit at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.
Professor Kent added:
“Nursing has given me many amazing memories and the opportunity to work alongside, and to care for, some amazing people. Very few professions have the same degree of potential to not only transform, but also save, lives and I know that is what consistently encourages people to think of it as a career. I hope this award will inspire the next generation of nurses, and enable them to continue the legacy of undertaking research that generates evidence for nursing practice, and that ultimately contributes to better patient outcomes.”

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