What next for research nursing?

 Doreen Crawford 22 Nov 2016 Research Society

In a world of rapid change, the health system is increasingly looking for new answers.

Nursing staff
In a world of rapid change, the health system is increasingly looking for new answers. Some of these are simple and easy to find, others less so.

This is a world inhabited by clinical research nurses and nurse researchers. These, perhaps less well known, nurses, like other nursing colleagues, are also having to change their practice to respond to different sorts of science; different trial designs and methodologies and an increasing expectation to use digital technologies throughout the research cycle.

This vital work also has to acknowledge the important role of patients, carers and communities as co-producers of research design, delivery and outcomes. 

No area of nursing practice is static but the expectations and ambitions of the health research system is significant, and for those nurses that like to be challenged, enjoy innovation and seek amazing results that literally do change the world, then nursing research is worth an extra look.

Find out more about the opportunities to pursue a career in research at www.nihr.ac.uk or visit Stand A1 at the RCN International Centenary Conference.
Dr Susan Hamer

Doreen Crawford


Director of Nursing, Learning and Organisational Development, NIHR Clinical Research Network

Dr Susan Hamer is Organisational and Workforce Development Director and lead nurse for the NIHR Clinical Research Network, the research delivery arm of the NHS. Dr Hamer is responsible for the patient and public engagement with the network.

She is also the Chair of the National Nursing Informatics Strategic Taskforce which supports the development of informatics capability across the nurse workforce.

Dr Hamer is passionate about using data, information and technology to enhance practice and support innovation in patient-led services.

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