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Is it worth undertaking a PhD? 

A PhD can be a hard slog, but the rewards from carrying out your own research are immense
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A PhD can be a hard slog, but the rewards from carrying out your own research are immense

Establishing the evidence base to improve patient care has become an increasingly important part of the nursing role. Many nurses now undertake research projects – often through postgraduate study – to help find new treatments and care pathways that could improve the patient experience.

I have worked in a variety of clinical settings during my 35 years as a nurse, but my passion is working with older people and I have spent most of my career in this specialty.

In the driving seat

A desire to improve care for older people was the catalyst for my undertaking a PhD. Essentially, with a PhD,

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