Ms Stephanie O’Connor
RN, Grad. Dip. Card. Nsg., MNSc.
Steph studied nursing at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in the late 1980’s - early 90’s. Since 1994 she has been working in the field of Critical Care Nursing, inluding general, adult, cardiothoracic, neonatal and paediatric ICUs, and High Dependency Units across three Australian states/territories (in Melbourne, Alice Springs & Adelaide). She also assisted in the development and setting-up of a new cardiothoracic surgical unit in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Steph took on the role of Research Coordinator in ICU at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Feb 2000. Since then the department has expanded in size and her role has developed into a leadership/management role.
The main focus of her role is the line management, coordination and leadership of the Intensive Care Research team activities. The aim is to ensure a productive research program; including new protocol development, timely completion of projects, grant submissions, reporting of results, publications and presentations. This involves facilitating research projects throughout the hospital that impact on ICU, supervising and organising the staff working in the area of clinical research in the ICU, coordinating multicentre (international and ANZ) and local intensive care research projects and ensuring that research carried out in the unit is to the highest ethical and scientific level. Steph provides support and assistance to all unit staff to develop and carry out research projects within ICU and relevant areas (inclusive of animal laboratory studies and healthy volunteers).
Outside of research, Steph enjoys spending time with her family and is still celebrating Richmond’s AFL win!