About Patsy 

Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates is the Executive Dean for the Faculty of Health at QUT. Patsy is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in education and research in the health sector.

Professor Patsy Yates, AM

Every minute of every day, nurses around the world provide essential services that save lives and improve the health and wellbeing for individuals from their early years through to end of life. 
By working with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in our communities, our work also has broader social and economic benefits that cannot be underestimated.  
As a nurse educator and researcher who has worked in and studied the profession since the 1980s, I continue to be inspired by the skilled clinical judgements of my nursing colleagues that have prevented adverse health outcomes, and by their compassionate responses which have completely transformed a person’s experience of their illness. 
My research constantly reminds me of the extraordinary ability my nursing colleagues have to innovate and make things work for the people for whom they care, sometimes in the most difficult circumstances with very limited resources.  
In this International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, an extraordinary year in so many ways, I am so very proud to say I am a nurse.  
As history has shown, in challenging times, nurses willingly and graciously step up. Our critical role across all areas of health care endures.  
As I reflect on this very special year for nurses and midwives and what we bring to our communities, I am excited about the potential that nurses have to continue to lead the transformation of health care and achieve better health for all. 


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