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Clinical research: how getting involved gives your professional development a boost

Tips for taking an active role in nurse research, and why it’s exciting and rewarding work

Why becoming a research-active nurse offers opportunities for exciting and rewarding work that can run in tandem with your clinical practice

Research is at the centre of evidence-based practice and has never been more visible, with the pandemic highlighting its value in developing life-saving and preventative treatments, including the coronavirus vaccine.

More NHS organisations than ever before are taking part in research, but the challenge for nursing is that research is not always seen as part of everyday practice, with many nurses unaware of the opportunities to participate in or develop a career that involves research.

I thought research only happened in universities

Research was rarely mentioned or talked about in practice areas early in my nursing career, and


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