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Cardiac placements introduce students to 'world of research'

A programme developed by a Leicester nurse to introduce students to the world of clinical research is being showcased at a national conference.

A cardiovascular research nurse from Leicester will give a presentation on the Student Nurse into Research Programme at the annual Royal College of Nursing education forum later this week.

“We need to make our nursing staff more research and evidence-based practice aware”

Mary Harrison

Mary Harrison, who works at the Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit at Glenfield Hospital, will describe the success of the programme she launched in July 2013.

Ms Harrison, who has been qualified for about 10 years, launched the scheme to increase research knowledge among graduate nurses and to raise the professional profile of clinical research at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, which runs her unit at Glenfield Hospital.

Student nurses undertaking placements on the Coronary Care Unit at Glenfield Hospital are given a week long pathway placement within the cardiac research unit.

Mary Harrison

Mary Harrison

The trust said the programme gave them an “introduction to the world of clinical research”, developed the breadth and depth of their knowledge, and showed them how translational research influences clinical practice.

Ms Harrison said: “I’m really passionate about nurse education and clinical research. I think to achieve ‘caring at its best’ we need to make our nursing staff more research and evidence-based practice aware.”

“It’s a real privilege to speak at the RCN conference,” she added. “I’m looking forward to sharing the details of a programme that I am so passionate about with other nurses and medical professionals.”

The RCN education forum conference will take place at the Majestic Hotel in North Yorkshire on 26-27 February.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Well done Mary. I have approached the University on several occasions on this topic to introduce research into practice, but with little enthusiasm. They have their own agenda, and that's it. Trying to get students involved on the wards has been difficult too, they are always too busy with other things, it seems. I can count students who have shown any real interest one hand in the 7years in a research post. I do manage to do training sessions for students on the ward every now and again, getting everyone together can be difficult. I hope you are going to publish your programme, I will look forward to reading it.

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