World-renowned nursing researcher inducted into hall of fame

Central Adelaide LHN researcher, Professor Jeroen Hendriks, has been selected as a 2022 inductee into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. 

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. 

“As they say in Australia ‘I am over the moon,’” an elated Professor Hendriks reflected. 

“I’m really, really happy, but also very honoured to have been selected for this.” 

Professor Hendriks will be one of 32 world-renowned nurse researchers inducted by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) during the organization’s 33rd International Nursing Research Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, in July. 

Professor Hendriks will join the current list of 238 previously inducted nurse researchers, all of whom have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession of nursing and the people it serves.  

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.