My job

‘Focus, read and be curious’

ELIZABETH ROSSER is professor of nursing and deputy dean (education) at Bournemouth University. Her research interests are in the area of workforce development in health and social care. Elizabeth is president of the Phi Mu chapter (England) of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), which recently hosted its inaugural conference in Bournemouth.

When and why did you develop an interest in research?

In my early years as a nurse, much of nurses’ work was underpinned by custom and practice. After working in a village in Colombia, South America, with few resources to support the care that we delivered, I returned to the UK hungry for knowledge and understanding. As I moved from practice to education, I was keen to understand what evidence supported the decisions being made. My real interest in research arose after completing my master’s programme in 1991. I had several publications by then and was fired up to explore the questions I had about practice, and I was committed to disseminate through publication.

Who has been most influential in your career as a nurse and as a researcher?

I have worked with some excellent role models, individuals who were not afraid to lead, in spite of the challenges they