Elliane Irani found herself with lots of questions after she started working as a nurse in an intensive care unit.
How do patients recover following an intensive care event? What does it mean for them when they return home? How does the environment of an ICU affect a person’s ability to get enough sleep?
Irani’s curiosity led a mentor to suggest she pursue a career in research. So she went back to school, earning her master’s in bioethics and science, then her doctor of philosophy in nursing science from the University of Pennsylvania.
“Hopefully, the questions I’m answering are not only helpful to me but helpful to the broader nursing profession,” said Irani, who works as a nurse scientist and assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.