@NHS from 29/10/18 to 2/11/18
Full name: Helen Graham
Twitter handle: @NIHRCRN_nthames
Patient/carer or NHS staff: NHS staff
Condition or job title: Lead Research Nurse & Associate Director of Nursing (Nursing & Midwifery Research Careers)
Place of treatment/care or workplace: National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)
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 1990s 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 still offers me patient interaction and I know I am still 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.
I am looking forward to telling you more about the research nurse role including what qualifications and skills you need to apply for a research role, what a typical day as a research nurse looks like and to guide you on how you can find out more about this branch of nursing.