Tracy Hess has always had a strong interest in research, so when an opportunity came up to be involved with clinical trials it was one she could not refuse.
As Clinical Trials Nurse at the Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation, Tracy works with other healthcare professionals to study and test medicines and new treatments that will improve the health of people across the world.
Her role is vital in making sure clinical research studies run smoothly and participants are safe and fully informed.
“Being involved in research provides me with opportunities to interact with clinicians and patients in different ways,” she said.
“Knowing that the study we are undertaking will ultimately change clinical processes or treatment plans is rewarding.”
She has been nursing at Mackay Base Hospital for over 22 years and prior to working in research she split her time between paediatrics and the emergency department.
“As a nurse I love that each day is different, the people we care for are all unique with their own needs and I am able to provide them the necessary support and care during their hospital stay,” she said.
In her ‘spare time’ Tracy is a busy mum, completing her Master of Nursing (Education) and is an Equipment Nurse with LifeFlight a role that ensures the essential medical equipment and supplies are ready and available for the CQ Rescue Helicopter.
Tracy is just one of many we will be celebrating during International Nurses Day (12 May).