#WeNurses - Thursday 18th October 2018 8pm (GMT Standard Time) Research Nursing / Midwifery Careers – a new direction

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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a new campaign to attract nurses and midwives who are nearing retirement, returning from a career break, or seeking a career change to consider clinical research as an opportunity to ‘keep making a difference' in the field of nursing and midwifery.

The new Pan-London campaign follows a recent survey conducted by the NIHR which revealed that over half of nurses and midwives surveyed may be seeking new career opportunities.Understaffed wards and unsociable shifts were some of the most commonly cited reasons for seeking change.

The survey also revealed that most nurses and midwives asked, were unclear as to the role of research nurses,believing that research is admin-based and removed from the field of patient care. 

NHS Digital figures show one in ten nurses are leaving the NHS in England each year, with more than 33,000 leaving last year. This means there are now more leavers than joiners and although this was not unexpected given the demographic profile, perhaps what was less well anticipated was how many of these would be prepared to keep making a difference if the right opportunity was made available.

Nurses and midwives will be invited to learn more about clinical research and will receive one-to-one support to help them take their existing skills and transfer them into a research role.


About our Guest Host 

Helen Graham – Lead Research Nurse & Associate Director of Nursing (Nursing and Midwifery Research Careers) NIHR: NW London CRN

As a nurse I am passionate about improving the care of patients and in over 30 years in nursing this passion remains as strong as ever. Working in research has offered me the opportunity to really make a difference and be a part of improving the care and treatments for our patients. My research career started back in the late 1990’s when I moved from a Ward Manager role to an Oncology Research Sister. Initially the role was challenging with a new disease area and new terminology to learn but looking back it was that challenge and the new learning that inspired me to continue in my role.

 Today, my role as Lead Research Nurse doesn’t offer me the same amount of patient interaction but I am still part of making a difference to patients, be it through supporting the clinical pathway and getting research studies set up within trusts or through the support, education and guidance I offer to the nursing research teams. I continue to learn something new every day which inspires me to continue to Keep Making a Difference.

We would like to invite you to come and hear more about the research nurse/midwife role.

We will tell you what qualifications/skillsyou need to apply for a research role, guide you through a typical day as aresearch nurse/midwife and guide you on how you can find out more about thisbranch of nursing.


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