Annette Matherly, RN
Annette Matherly was born in Scotland and raised in England. After graduating from the nursing program at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, she moved to Utah. Her long-term goal at that time was to be a flight nurse. She chose to start her ICU experience in the burn center at the University of Utah in February of 1990. Nineteen years later she remains in the burn trauma ICU, and is still passionate about burn care. She not only loves the patient population, but also the staff that gravitates to their unit.
Annette has been blessed over the years to have worked with extraordinary physicians including Dr. Saffle, Dr. Morris, and Dr. Cochran; each of them have had a profound effect on her career, by providing her with a zest for learning and inspiring her to always put the patient first. She is particularly grateful to the burn unit nursing management team: Lezli Matthews and Bradley Wiggins, who share her passion and provide encouragement, support, and mentoring. She has also had the pleasure of working with Lisa McMurtrey, Bret King, and Michele Winterbottom, her coworkers and friends, who have all provided constant support of outreach expansion.
Annette began teaching outreach education early in her burn career to EMS providers. Community involvement along with serving as a national faculty member for ABLS has energized her with a desire to educate those around her about burn prevention, and prepare first responders so that burn survivors are adequately cared for in the field. She has been the burn center ABLS coordinator for 16 years, and some of her fondest memories include flying into rural areas in a small plane to teach providers ABLS.
Annette became the burn center nurse educator in 2000, a job that she loves. Due to her energy and vision, the outreach program has now expanded to cover five states. Emergency Care of the Burn Patient lectures and burn prevention education is provided to medical and nursing staff, students, EMTs, firefighters, paramedics, at risk personnel, and all levels of school-aged children. Aside from outreach instructors traveling to teach, lectures are also available on a burn education website, which enables teachers with students in rural areas to provide standardized burn safety education. The outreach team is also working in collaboration with the Parent Teacher Association in four states, and attends state PTA conventions to provide burn education packets and teaching discs to state school representatives. Local fire department instructors have also been taught the burn lecture and now incorporate it into their elementary school education program.
She has been instrumental in implementing burn outreach education via telemedicine. She has been especially excited to teach lectures on burn assessment and care to partner hospitals in other states, as well as being invited to teach the first University of Utah Trauma EMS Grand Rounds via telehealth. These sessions have enabled educators to reach multiple hospitals in multiple states at the same time.
In addition to burn prevention and outreach, Annette is also very involved in the University of Utah education programs, and has co-chaired the Clinical Education Committee since 2006. She was voted Burn Center MVP in 1995, was an Excellence in Nursing nominee in 2005, received the Honors for Nursing award in 2006, and the University of Utah Nurse Excellence award in 2006 and 2007. In addition to these awards, Annette obtained her CCRN in 2008.
Annette has two children, Dakota, 17, and Forster, 12, and has incredibly supportive parents who taught her to always approach work with enthusiasm and to never be afraid to go after her dreams.
Annette feels incredibly honored to receive this award from the Burn Prevention Committee and the American Burn Association.
“If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made
an approach to immortality” –Norman Cousins