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Follow our path to a career in nursing research

Working as a nurse researcher can be personally and professionally rewarding, according to two children's nurses who have done it

Undertaking robust research and basing practice on the best available evidence is everyone’s responsibility. But career pathways that combine research, clinical practice and teaching are limited, and nurses often have to choose between working primarily in a clinical or an academic setting.

Unlike medicine, in nursing there are few clinical professors with joint practice and university appointments. This can be a challenge for aspiring nurse researchers; in healthcare settings there is a lack of support for nurses developing their own research programmes, and in higher education institutions a lack of opportunity to remain active in practice.

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Nurses can develop a career in research via the clinical research nurse role, or as part of clinical research networks or funded projects. Other options include undertaking a master’s degree in philosophy or clinical research,

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