CALHN nursing researcher inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing

Central Adelaide researcher, Professor Jeroen Hendriks, has been selected for induction as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, one of only two inductees from Australia.

As a professor in Cardiovascular Nursing, Professor Hendriks holds a joint role in the Department of Cardiology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. 

‘I am truly honoured by receiving this Fellowship. It reflects the global recognition of my work on integrated care and its impact in the field. Therefore, the iCARE-AF Clinic and associated trial is crucial to further contribute to patient outcomes and to the scientific evidence. Moreover, this Fellowship is also an encouragement for all amazing nursing colleagues who contribute to this wonderful profession,” he said.

The latest honour comes after being inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2022.

The Hospital Research Foundation and Flinders University have co-funded Professor Hendriks in his current role of Cardiovascular Nursing Chair, the first academic cardiac nursing role to be established in South Australia. 

Professor Hendriks’ major research interests relate to integrated chronic care management in cardiac care. This includes heart rhythm diseases, particularly atrial fibrillation, the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia. 

Professor Hendriks is the Principal Investigator for the iCare-AF trial, conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders at the University of Adelaide, which aims to determine the effectiveness of integrated care management in atrial fibrillation patients. 

The iCARE-AF trial is based on a four-pronged approach to care; a patient-centred approach with an active role for the patient in the care process, a multidisciplinary team providing care in collaboration with the patient with important roles for nurses and allied health professionals, eHealth to support the integrated approach and the use of smart technology to support decision making, and lastly, comprehensive treatment. 

As part of the trial, Professor Hendriks opened the iCARE-AF Clinic at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. 

“The iCARE-AF Clinic is based on the concept of integrated care and uses a patient-centred approach to educate and empower people with atrial fibrillation to support them in self-managing their care which includes lifestyle modification,” Professor Hendriks said. 

More about the iCARE-AF Clinic 

For more information about Integrated care clinic available at the RAH for atrial fibrillation, read this article on the Hospital Research Foundation website.