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RCN announces joint winners of research award at conference

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The RCN has announced three joint winners for its Marjorie Simpson New Researchers’ Award at a conference in Cardiff.

Winners were announced at the 2009 RCN International Nursing Research Conference earlier this week, in recognition of new researchers involved in post-graduate research.

Gillian Thompson, of Queen’s University in Belfast’s winning project is investigating the effectiveness of tea-tree oil in preventing MRSA colonisation.

Anna Steele, from Peninsula Medical School at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, is studying the effects of mild hyperglycaemia in diabetes-related complications.

And Natalie Pattison, of Northumbria University in Newcastle, is studying experiences of end-of-life care in a cancer critical care unit.

Chair of the judging panel, Dr Leslie Gelling, senior research fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, said: ‘This year’s entries reflected the broad range of topics being undertaken in nursing research at the moment. Once again, the standard of entries was very high. The winners are right at the beginning of their research careers, yet are already embarking on research that has the potential to influence nursing practice.’

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