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Curley Appointed Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing at CHOP

The goal of this appointment is to foster interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research in child health across Penn Nursing and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Martha A. Q. Curley, PhD, RN, FAAN, is also a Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. Her research, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, has focused on nurse-implemented interventions in pediatric critical care.

Over several decades, Curley’s studies have illuminated relationship-based care when partnering with parents-of-critically-ill children, supported parent presence during invasive procedures and resuscitation, and have 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; for example, the State Behavioral Scale (SBS), the Withdrawal Assessment Tool (WAT-1), individualized numeric rating scale (INRS) and the Braden QD scale.

Curley is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.  She received her PhD from Boston College; her Masters in Nursing Science from Yale University; her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and her Diploma in Nursing from Springfield Hospital Medical Center (MA).