After qualifying in the UK as a Registered General Nurse in 1988, Dr Jane Rutty has since gained experience and expertise in general medicine, critical care, research and education. In 1997, Jane was shortlisted for a UK Nursing Times Award for her work in forensic nursing science. In 1998, she became the first nurse to take a sabbatical with the Coroner’s Office in Charleston, South Carolina. These early influences prompted Jane to complete a PhD on the “Meaning of Being a Nurse involved in the work of Death Investigation: A North American view and its implications to the UK”. Jane’s important work has led to a difference in the care of the vulnerable, deceased and their families in the UK for which she received Visiting Associate Professor in Forensic Science (Nursing) at the National University of Singapore in 2015, an IAFN Excellence in Forensic Nursing Award in 2016 and Honorary Associate Professor for contribution to Teaching and Forensic Nursing at the University of Leicester in 2017.Jane's current principle role is that of Associate Professor in Research and Innovation within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort University where she is the Deputy to the Associate Dean for Research. She continues to be a specialist teacher and consultant in research, advanced practice and medico-legal nursing, has an active research programme in Translational Nursing including forensic nursing and supervises PhD students.