Meet the team: Research Nurse, Naomi Adams

11 May 2018
Research nurse Cliodhna McCaughey, Naomi Adams, Stephanie Richardson and Petrina Hetherington at the Clinical Research Centre

This Saturday, 12 May, is International Nurses Day, a chance for us to celebrate nurses and midwives all around the world, and recognise the invaluable contribution they make to healthcare.

At Kids Research, our many dedicated research nurses work tirelessly to help children live their healthiest lives through allowing access to novel therapies and innovative research in a safe, family-friendly environment.

Naomi Adams RN is one of these fantastic nurses working at the Clinical Research Centre (CRC) at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, which is currently running 16 active clinical trials, with 24 more trials in start-up phases.

With so much going on, it’s a highly challenging, dynamic, rewarding and at times, misunderstood, role.

“One of the most common questions I get is: ‘Don’t you miss the clinical side of nursing?’ ” says Naomi, who has regular clinical contact with patients and families.

“Being a research nurse is so much more than just data entry.  It requires all our training, constant critical thinking, reflecting and troubleshooting.”

“In many cases our trials are the last hope for a patient with refractory epilepsy, non-healing wounds or severe food allergies – so we work with the clinicians and the protocol guidelines in the hope of finding a therapeutic regime to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.”

Naomi came to research nursing by chance while working at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick on one of the adolescent wards. Now, after nearly a year at the CRC, she has worked on trials ranging from neurology, gastroenterology, respiratory, nephrology and dermatology, building her knowledge and experience across all these therapeutic areas.

The invaluable work of our research nurses ties in with the theme of advocacy for health access this International Nurses Day.  “Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Health is a Human Right” is exemplified in their work, where they advocate for patients who are suitable and could benefit from clinical trials, allowing them the opportunity to receive novel therapies in a timely manner.

And the best part?

“We are the first to see it when children and young people benefit from new treatments that are not yet available in Australia – it is a truly rewarding experience.”

Pictured above are four research nurses from the CRC at Sydney Children's Hospital , Randwick (L to R): Cliodhna McCaughey, Naomi Adams, Stephanie Richardson, Petrina Hetherington


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