Ms Catherine Bradley


Health Sciences Stirling Stirling

Ms Catherine Bradley

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I have an interdisciplinary career profile and advocate strongly for sharing knowledge across professions. I spent eighteen years as a large animal nurse anesthetist in America. My interests were pain management in critically ill equids, use of novel drug combinations that act synergistically for management of pre, peri, and post op colic surgery patients. Switched careers in 2012 and became a Registered Nurse. Worked in transplant ICU and thoracic cardiovascular ICU at two major teaching hospitals. Decided more needed to be done to first, decrease reliance on opiates for postoperative pain management and second, improve postoperative pain management process. I focused on obtaining world-class research training so I can investigate these topics. I left the U.S. and came to Scotland for my Master's at the University of Glasgow. Dissertation was a structured literature review of opiates and alpha-2 agonists in PCA pumps after abdominal surgery. I came to the University of Stirling in 2018 as the first full-time student in the first Clinical Doctorate of Nursing program in Scotland. My current doctoral work will hopefully open a whole new way to manage postoperative pain. I'm employing a method commonly used in other professions, but novel for pain management to help contextualize pain assessment in acute postoperative care. In my spare time I enjoy historical reenactment/living history, recreate prehistorical - 18th c. garments & foods using historically accurate methods, classical dressage, farming, and restoring historical buildings and landscapes.


Dean's Scholar Mississippi State University

President's Scholar Hinds College

Other Academic Activities

Student Representative University of Glasgow

Professional membership

British Pain Society Membership

IASP Membership

Professional qualification

Licensed Veterinary Nurse (VA)

Registered Nurse (FL and VA)

Research programmes