Martha A. Q. Curley Appointed to Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing

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Martha A. Q. Curley Martha A. Q. Curley, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor in Nursing Science at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, has been appointed the Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute recently completed a comprehensive research strategy plan to reaffirm CHOP as a world leader in a new era of pediatric research and innovation aimed at solving the most challenging problems in child health.

“We are pleased to appoint Dr. Curley to her new role, which will help to foster interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research in child health across CHOP and Penn Nursing,” said Paula Agosto, RN, MHA, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at CHOP.

Dr. Curley’s research, funded by NHLBI, NINR and NICHD, has focused on nurse-implemented interventions in pediatric care. Over several decades, her studies have illuminated relationship-based care when partnering with parents of critically ill children, supported parent presence during invasive procedures and resuscitation, and informed the practice of caring for critically ill pediatric patients with acute respiratory failure. She has also led the development and dissemination of core metrics in the field of pediatrics, such as the State Behavioral Scale (SBS), the Withdrawal Assessment Tool (WAT-1), Individualized Numeric Rating Scale (INRS) and the Braden QD scale. Dr. Curley is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.