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Improving care through a clinical nurse researcher role

Oncology clinical trials nurse Julia Jonasi tells Ann Dix why she loves her job – and its importance to patient care. 
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Oncology clinical trials nurse Julia Jonasi tells Ann Dix why she loves her job – and its importance to patient care

Oncology trials nurse Juliah Jonasi became a clinical nurse researcher five years ago, and hasn’t looked back. ‘I don’t think I would want to do anything else now,’ she says.

Ms Jonasi left her home country of Zimbabwe in 2000. After gaining a diploma in adult nursing at Middlesex University in 2004, she worked in general surgery at Southend Hospital in Essex before moving into research at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

She works with eight oncology trials nurses, and her role includes assessing patients' suitability for trials, recruiting patients and looking after them while they are taking part in the studies. She also arranges tests, collects trial data, carries out organisational and administrative tasks to ensure the trials run smoothly, and delivers some

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