PhD candidate awarded Nurses Memorial Centre Scholarship

Monash University and Alertness CRC PhD Candidate, Lauren Bulfin, has been awarded a Nurses Memorial Centre Scholarship, which will potentially enable her to better manage fatigue in shift working doctors and nurses.

Monash University and Alertness CRC PhD Candidate, Lauren Bulfin, has been awarded a Nurses Memorial Centre Scholarship, which will potentially enable her to better manage fatigue in shift working doctors and nurses.

Such scholarships are awarded to nurses and midwives completing postgraduate studies in Australian Universities. They encourage the advancement of the nursing profession through education.

Specifically, Lauren – who is a Critical Care Nurse at Monash Health – was presented with the Betty Jeffrey Award. Betty Jeffrey was one of the founders of the Nurses Memorial Centre. She was a nurse in the Australian Army Nursing Service, and was a Prisoner Of War in a Japanese camp in Indonesia from February 1942 until September 1945. The award is given in her honour to a nurse undertaking research that has the potential to make significant improvement to the community and the nursing profession.

Eliminating and minimising medical errors is critical in health settings to ensure optimal patient health outcomes. “Our project has the potential to make significant improvement to the care provided by medical and nursing staff in Intensive Care Units,“ Lauren said. “I’m working with my Supervisors from the Monash School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dr Julia Morphet and Professor Ruth Endacott, as well as my Supervisor Professor Steven Lockley within MICCN’s Sleep Program, to investigate the impact of evidence-based scheduling practices for medical staff on medical errors in the ICU. Managing fatigue is critical for shift workers. Our findings could have a real positive impact on the medical and nursing profession, and ultimately the community. I’m honoured to have received this scholarship, which is supporting both my education and driving positive outcomes in the community.”

We congratulate Lauren on her achievements and wish her all the very best with her research.

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Monash University and Alertness CRC PhD candidate, Lauren Bulfin, has been awarded an ANMC Scholarship to investigate the impact of scheduling on shift working nurses