Gooske Douw is a registered nurse and nurse scientist. She is a member of the Nursing Advisory Board in Hospital Gelderse Valley and since 2010, PhD student at Radboud university medical centre. She was born in 1951 and started her nursing career at the age of 25. Worked on several different surgical wards, participated in different hospital councils and projects that focused on improving nursing care. In 2006 she started university and graduated in 2009 as Master of Science in Nursing. The topic of her PhD project is the role of nurses’ ‘worry’ in the process of early recognition of deterioration in patients on general wards in acute care hospitals. A list with 9 general domains was developed, that objectify ‘worry’ and is the basis for her further research.