Publishing can inspire research
Sometime in 1981 I pretended to have an interest in nursing research.
Yes. I was working as a volunteer in a hospital in Cambridge. It has since become a business school. I thought I would apply for nurse training and the charge nurse on the ward I was working on gave me some tips for the interview. He said: ‘If they ask you where you see yourself in the future, tell them management or research.’ They asked me so I replied: ‘Oh, management or research.’ My first research job was in South Australia where I was hired to write up the report of a qualitative study on parenting. I had worked as a nurse and health visitor before that and I remember thinking: ‘At last, a proper job’.
As a nurse I always felt like...