Pay attention to serendipity
‘It’s important to pay attention to serendipitous moments, coincidences and findings that take the research on a very different path’ believes Janet Carpenter
Who has been most influential in your career as a nurse and as a researcher?
I have been fortunate to have had many influential colleagues, supervisors and professors. Currently, I am most influenced by my colleagues at the Indiana University School of Nursing. We house the US’s, and likely the world’s, largest group of cancer researchers at a school of nursing. These colleagues are working to improve people’s cancer screening behaviour to prevent cancer early or diagnose it at an earlier stage. In addition, my postdoctoral fellow, Chen Chen, is a brilliant young scientist conducting research on dysmenorrhoea. Working with her has re-energised my own work.
Of your published research, which do you think has been the most influential and why?
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