My job

A passion for sleep measurement

IN ADDITION to being associate dean for scholarly affairs at the Yale School of Nursing, Yale University, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Professor Nancy Redeker is an active researcher focusing her efforts on research into sleep, sleep disorders and their consequences for adults with chronic illnesses. Professor Redeker won the 2011 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award for her book on sleep and sleep disorders; a book in which there was an emphasis on the need for research evidence to inform practice.

When and why did you develop an interest in research?

I went to graduate school with the intention of learning how to ‘teach’ nursing. As a requirement of the Masters of Science in Nursing program, I was expected to conduct a research project. I really enjoyed it and immersed myself in the work. I especially liked the process of conceptualising the study and conducting the data analysis. I found this a very creative process.

Who has been most influential in your career as a nurse and as a researcher?

My mother was a nurse and, although we never really discussed a future in nursing for me when I was growing up, I internalised her dedication to the field and her concern for her patients. There are too many people to mention who influenced my career as a researcher.

Much of your research has focused on sleep and the consequences of