A different perspective through research

The shortage of robust research into mental health issues could be addressed by nurses contributing their unique views on practice while developing their careers

The shortage of robust research into mental health issues could be addressed by nurses contributing their unique views on practice while developing their careers.

Abstract

Jacqueline Sin combines her two decade-long mental health nursing career with research. This was sparked by finding herself unable to answer certain questions from patients and carers.

‘Research is a good way of answering questions,’ she says. ‘If there is no literature to tell you the best way forward, how can you evidence what you are doing?’

Ms Sin completed her master’s degree in 1997, and became a consultant nurse in 2002. She received funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to undertake a PhD while leading a project developing an online intervention for siblings of individuals affected by psychosis.

She is a good example of where a nurse can go with research skills. Now an NIHR post-doctoral research fellow at St George’s, University of London, Ms Sin is leading a five-year study expanding further online intervention for family carers, while working part-time clinically.

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This article was first published in print under the original title 'A different perspective' in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 32

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