Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
doctors and nurse at patient bedside

Nicola Rea

Nicola Senior Research Nurse in the Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group.

Nicola Rea

Senior Research Nurse

  • Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
  • Division of Health Sciences
  • Deanery of Clinical Sciences

Contact details



Chancellor's Building
49 Little France Crescent

Post Code
EH16 4SB


In 2013, I graduated from Queen Margaret University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Nursing and started my nursing career as a staff nurse in the Acute Medical Unit at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh. After 12 months, I pursued my keen interest in cardiac surgery by moving into a staff nurse post within the Cardiothoracic High Dependency Unit. Whilst working in the cardiothoracic HDU I was given the exciting opportunity to embark on a Masters of Nursing in Clinical Research at the University of Edinburgh. In December 2017 I graduated with a distinction. At this time I was working part-time as a Research Nurse with the Cardiovascular Research Group based within the University of Edinburgh, before joining the Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group (ECCRG) in April 2018. Having completed a placement with ECCRG during my master’s degree I gained insight into the challenges and successes of research in critical care. I was very excited about the prospect of being a senior research nurse within the ECCRG team, making the next move in my career an obvious choice.


As a senior research nurse within the ECCRG I hope to be involved in developing the patient and public involvement (PPI) group and to work on the evolving profile of anaesthetic and peri-operative studies. Additionally, I have a keen interest in promoting nursing research.