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The UW School of Nursing has a national and international reputation for excellence. An unusually fertile environment for nursing research guides and shapes its baccalaureate and graduate educational programs. It also builds practice that emphasizes leadership skills for the health care needs of a multicultural world.


Box 357260
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-8736

Catherine Kirkness, PhD, RN, CNN(C)
Research Associate Professor

Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Box 357266
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

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Dr. Kirkness’ program of research is related to the care of individuals with brain injury, particularly during the critical care period. Her research has focused on physiologic monitoring, physiologic complexity as a reflection of adaptive capacity, and use of monitored physiologic parameters in clinical decision making. She is currently involved in a study examining the influence of cerebral perfusion pressure level on outcome in children following traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Kirkness teaches in the nurse practitioner program, with a special interest in facilitating distance learning. She also guest lectures on neuro-related topics and provides mentorship to students in the graduate programs.
Dr. Kirkness is a member of numerous professional organizations related to neurosciences and critical care. She is actively involved in the local chapter of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, currently serving as Treasurer and a member of the Education Program Committee.
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