In 2016, Professor Brigid Gillespie was appointed the inaugural conjoint Professor of Patient Safety in Nursing at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith School of Nursing and Midwifery, Gold Coast campus. She has an extensive clinical background in operating room nursing, and has worked across the private and public sectors for many years before entering the tertiary sector. Prof Gillespie is Past President of the Perioperative Nurses’ Association of Queensland. In recognition of her service to operating room nursing in relation to education and research, the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) awarded Prof Gillespie the 2014-16 Excellence in Perioperative Nursing Award. In 2017, was awarded Life Membership to the Association.
Professor Gillespie has expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, clinical trials, systematic reviews, and knowledge translation. She is focusing on the following areas of patient safety; surgical wounds/dressings, pressure injury prevention, and non-technical skills in surgery. Professor Gillespie has authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications (either published or in press) and 5 book chapters. She has won $5.4 million dollars in competitive research grants, including three NHMRC grants.