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Paediatric clinical research advanced nurse practitioner

Lucy Cooper, the only paediatric clinical research advanced nurse practitioner in the UK, talks about her inspiration and challenges
Lucy Cooper

Lucy Cooper, the only paediatric clinical research advanced nurse practitioner in the UK, talks about her inspiration and challenges

What is your job?

My role as an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) in clinical research is to provide specialist expertise, advice and clinical care in the identification, assessment, treatment and management of children participating in research.

I lead on participant care for the duration of a trial, covering inclusion assessment, consent, medical history taking, systems examinations, specialised clinical skills such as intrathecal drug administration or skin biopsies, managing complex and challenging clinical incidents and prescribing trial drugs. I also provide clinical expertise, leadership and education to research nurses and other research professionals.

Why did you become a nurse?

I became a children’s nurse because I wanted to care for sick children and their families at some of the most difficult times

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