Maria Teresa Moreno-Casbas, MSc PhD

Human Capital Development

Maria Teresa Moreno-Casbas, MSc PhD

(ESP) Spain:  Nurse

Nominee Highlights:

Due to the efforts of Dr. Maria Teresa Moreno-Casbas, nursing throughout Spain benefits from scientifically rigorous and evidence-based practice. She has inspired improved care delivery, resulting in positive patient outcomes through disease prevention and treatment. Dr. Moreno-Casbas’ efforts to establish the participation of clinical nurses in research projects and scientific publications aimed at documenting the above-noted patient outcomes have been key. As a result, evidence-based nursing has been established within most of Spain’s public health institutions. Dr. Moreno-Casbas also increased the number of nurses able to understand scientific literature published in English, furthering the adoption of evidence-based practice throughout the country.

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Dr. Maria Teresa Moreno-Casbas obtained her MSc from the University of Montreal Canada in 1993 and PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health in 2007. Dr. Moreno-Casbas currently serves as a Scientific Researcher on nursing and healthcare at the Instituto de Salud Carlos III Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Universities. Additionally, she has served as the Nursing Director of the Spanish Nursing and Healthcare Research Unit (Investén-isciii) since 1996, which currently focuses on the improvement of the Spanish healthcare system through the application of nursing research into the daily practices of Spanish healthcare professionals.

As of 2009, she also holds the position of Chair in Health Services and Policy Research. Dr. Moreno-Casbas’ work has directly resulted in a significant increase in nursing primary research in Spain, with her contributions integral to the establishment of international strategic alliances across Europe, Canada, the USA, Australia and Latin America. Her efforts also led to the creation of the Spanish collaborating centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute for Evidence-Based Health Care in 2006, of which she is now the Director, and which has the financial support of 16 Spanish provinces.

Dr. Moreno-Casbas’ greatest scientific achievement was her research contribution demonstrating that nurses hold the key to providing safer, more effective care and achieving better outcomes for hospitalized patients. Her research on nursing throughout Europe has shown the importance of a lower number of patients per nurse, nurses possessing bachelor’s or higher qualifications, and the improvement of working environments for nurses. Her efforts have transformed the nursing profession in Spain, enabling nurses to access previously unobtainable master’s and doctoral level studies. As a result of this expanded training, nursing research progressed to reach the same level of development as other health professions, and now includes comprehensive and robust training in research methodology.