Katleen Leceuvre works as a nursing consultant in interstitial lung disease at the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium. She is part of the multidisciplinary team, which she joined 6 years ago after a career of 15 years at a local hospital of which 3 years as the head nurse on an internal medicine department.
Always eager to learn, she followed several trainings. Her main interest at the time laid in oncology. Especially topics of quality of life, good communication and end of life care were, and still are, important to her.
To broaden her horizons she began working at the University Hospital Leuven. There she got assigned to the pneumology ward specialising in lung transplantation, pulmonary hypertension and interstitial lung disease. Soon the interest in interstitial lung disease grew into a new job and became the first nursing consultant for this department and an established value in this field of very specific expertise.
The need to emphasise the importance of the role of a specialised nurse in interstitial lung disease led to different international contacts. Contacts with the national and international patient organisations (EU-IPFF) and international networks (ILD-INN) are very important in supporting this goal.