Jamie Ranse

International recognition for nurse researcher

International recognition has come the way of Jamie Ranse acknowledged by the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) for his contribution to nursing research. 

Dr Ranse, a Griffith University nursing expert and ARC DECRA Fellow, was one of three nurses to receive the Emerging Nurse Researcher for 2021 award.  

At age 13, Dr Ranse received his first taste of working in health as a volunteer first aid worker for St John Ambulance Australia. 

He also provided health care at junior football games, sporting events, festivals and concerts as a teenager, with his interest eventually leading to a career in emergency nursing.  

His research work focuses on emergency health care with a particular interest in mass gatherings and how to best mitigate their impact. 

“As an emergency nurse, I noticed the impact that mass gatherings and disasters had on our ambulance services and emergency departments,” Dr Ranse said. 

“When an event happens down the road from an emergency department (ED), you may not know it’s on until a patient turns up to the ED. 

“I started to question what the best ways were to minimise the impact of mass gatherings and disasters on emergency health services.” 

Dr Ranse has spent the past decade researching the area to assist in the development of an evidence-based approach to inform policy and guidelines locally, nationally and internationally. 

With funding from the Australian Research Council, Dr Ranse is investigating the impact of mass gathering events on health facilities.  

He is looking at 700 mass gathering events across Queensland, and data from ambulance and emergency department presentations, over a five-year period to see what events (type, location, etc.) have a higher impact on health facilities. 

“There is no real governance about health provisions for events,” he said. “No guidelines to say how many first aiders, doctors, paramedics and what equipment is required. This work will lead to minimum guidelines.” 

In 2020, Dr Ranse also led the development of the Queensland Industry Framework for Safe Events, which set out key principles event organisers needed to consider when planning events during the pandemic.  

While honoured to receive recognition from Sigma for Dr Ranse the real driver behind his research is to “have a better understanding of what patients we are seeing, when we see them, and what we can do better”.  

For those interested in research, particularly from an emergency department researcher perspective, Dr Ranse highlighted the importance of multi-disciplinary collaboration and developing a question that is relevant to your department. 

“The need for people to continue improving the way in which we work to get the best outcomes for patients needs to continue.” 

Caption: Dr Jamie Ranse is a Trauma Nursing Core Course instructor for ANZCEN as well as an ALS2 instructor. Image supplied. 

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