An emerging star in clinical research nursing

Clinical research nurse Judy Coyle earns plaudits for leadership, mentoring, enthusiasm and drive as she wins a prestigious award for her work in the emergency department at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Clinical research nurse Judy Coyle earns plaudits for leadership, mentoring, enthusiasm and drive as she wins a prestigious award for her work in the emergency department at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Jane Grove finds out about her career path so far and what the Emergency Medicine Research Group Edinburgh team means to her.

Abstract

An eye for detail landed Judy Coyle the moniker ‘Eagle Eye’ and won her a prestigious prize. Named Scottish Clinical Research Nurse of the Year 2015, Ms Coyle has been rewarded for 20 years of pioneering work in clinical research and for her contribution to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh’s (RIE) emergency department (ED).

As a founder member of the Emergency Medicine Research Group Edinburgh (EMERGE), she and her team provide evidence-based research for the hospital’s 24-hour ED, in which patients from across Lothian are treated.

Gordon Hill, chair of the Scottish Research Nurse and Coordinator’s Network (SRNCN), which hosted the awards, says: ‘Judy’s knowledge of research is vast. She has made EMERGE what it is today: a thriving group of researchers working on multiple trials and studies, from audits and quality control to big, multicentre studies and commercial clinical trials.

‘She has an eagle eye – her nickname in the research office – for details. She mentors, inducts and supports less experienced members of the group, and is one of the reasons for its amazing atmosphere, enthusiasm and drive. Judy is a role model of what a good research nurse should be.’

Ms Coyle, who received her award at the SRNCN’s October conference in front of 140 clinical research nurses from all over Scotland, says: ‘More than anything, I am so proud and humbled to have been given this award. It is really for the team: each member has contributed to the success of EMERGE, and everyone plays their part with enthusiasm and 100% investment.’

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This article was first published in print under the original title 'An emerging star' in Emergency Nurse: volume 23, issue 8

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