Scottish Research Nurse of the Year

August 12, 2019



Rachel O'Brien, Senior Research Nurse with the EMERGE team in Edinburgh, received the Gail Woodburn Research Nurse of the Year.


Rachel received 5 nominations for the award, with one quoting her 'passion & advocacy for involving patients & clinical staff in research' and another stating 'her ambition for research is not just on a local level, she works tirelessly to raise the profile of research through her own multi centre work'.


This year the recipient was Miranda Odam from the EMERGE research team in NHS Lothian, based in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

 Picture; Miranda (L) being presented by SRNCN Committee member Jean Bruce


Miranda was nominated by two individuals, one of whom said  ‘She is a great leader, who has utilised her vision and experience to support and enable change and develop emergency research nursing for individuals and the team as a whole.’  

Another said ‘She is a formidable leader and manager. She is commonly first into the office in the morning and last away at night and is never one to refuse a new and exciting research opportunity for the team. She has ensured that EMERGE is an exciting and motivated group, a place where people want to work, driven to produce high quality research for the benefit of people; for patients; for her colleagues; and for ED clinical staff. Miranda’s belief that research can derive huge job satisfaction, motivation and positivity amongst clinical staff led her to champion the 100% research active ED campaign aiming to encourage participation in research by all RIE ED staff.’


We are pleased to announce last year’s winner of the Scottish Research Nurse of the Year 2015 is Judy Coyle, Lead Clinical Research Nurse in the Emergency Medicine Research Group Edinburgh (EMeRGE), Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh . 


Picture; Judy Coyle (R) being presented by Gayle Woodburn, Lead Nurse for Research, Manchester


Judy Coyle, former Lead Clinical Research Nurse in the Emergency Medicine Research Group Edinburgh (EMeRGE), Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh has been chosen as the Scottish Clinical Research Nurse of the Year 2015. Judy has worked in clinical research for almost 20 years and has seen the growth of the EMeRGE team from 5 to 30 members over the last 7 years. She led many of the early studies and has helped research become an integral part of care in the Emergency Department, where she has acted as a role model and mentor and has inducted and supported the less experienced members of the group. The colleagues who nominated Judy emphasised her patience, wisdom and enthusiasm as being a key component of the atmosphere and drive that underpins EMeRGE. Judy has recently taken up a new post in the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit and it was poignant that the award was made on her last day in post surrounded by her proud colleagues from EMeRGE!Scottish Clinical Research Nurse of the Year!


We are pleased to announce this year’s winner of the Scottish Research Nurse of the Year 2014 is Sheila Morris, a CRN at the Regional Infectious Diseases Unit at the Western General Hospital. 

Picture; Sheila Morris (R) being presented by Gordon Hill, Chair of SRNCN 


Sheila began her research career over 20 years ago and has maintained her commitment and enthusiasm throughout. What comes across very strongly in the nominations that Sheila received is her ability to conduct clinical research and her skill in managing, coordinating and communicating the value of research to clinical colleagues. The nominations also emphasise her skill in recruiting, retaining and educating patients.

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