Gretchen J. Carrougher

Gretchen J. Carrougher

Gretchen J. Carrougher MN, RN, is the Research Nurse Supervisor at the University of Washington (UW) Medicine Regional Burn Center, program coordinator for the Northwest Regional Burn Model System (NWRBMS) and Affiliate Faculty, UW School of Nursing, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems in Seattle, Washington. Ms. Carrougher graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1981) and a Master of Nursing degree (1987) in Burn, Trauma and Emergency Nursing. She has held positions as clinical staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, and research nurse during her 40-year burn nursing career. Ms. Carrougher has worked at three distinguished burn centers in the US: Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC; the US Army Institute of Surgical Research, San Antonio; and the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center, Seattle. Ms. Carrougher is national faculty for the Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) course and has been a member of the American Burn Association (ABA) since 1982. She has authored over 100 chapters and manuscripts concerning basic nursing care, long-term outcomes, pain and pruritus management, and employment for individuals impacted by burn injury. Gretchen is also a longstanding international nurse educator. Gretchen has served on many professional committees but sees her current position as chair of the ABA Nursing Professional Certification Committee as her greatest challenge to date, but one that will likely realize the most significant professional impact and greatest personal rewards.