Research matters

Susanne Cruickshank talks to Jennifer Sprinks about the joys and challenges of a research career, her role as chair of the RCN cancer and breast care forum, and her commitment to ensuring that the expertise of oncology nurses can be shared with healthcare professionals in other areas of care

Susanne Cruickshank talks to Jennifer Sprinks about the joys and challenges of a research career, her role as chair of the RCN cancer and breast care forum, and her commitment to ensuring that the expertise of oncology nurses can be shared with healthcare professionals in other areas of care.

Abstract

The first few months of 2016 have been busy for Susanne Cruickshank. In January, she was elected chair of the RCN cancer and breast bare forum. Last month, she moved from her post as senior lecturer and reader in cancer nursing at Edinburgh Napier University to become reader in cancer nursing at the University of Stirling.

It is a significant transition for Dr Cruickshank, who held her previous role for more than 12 years. She was particularly drawn to Stirling’s cancer research unit for nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals.

‘The researchers are interested in supportive care and survivorship, not just in the treatment phase but in recovery too,’ she explains. ‘I want to build on my research into recovery and survivorship.’

Dr Cruickshank’s background is in breast and haematological cancers, which have typically had better survival rates than other forms of cancer.

With the aid of a grant from charity Breast Cancer Now, she is leading a collaboration between universities to research the feasibility of nurses using a tool to assess patients’ fear of cancer recurrence. ‘It is the support need most reported when women are asked about their concerns,’ says Dr Cruickshank.

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This article was first published in print in Cancer Nursing Practice: volume 15, issue 3

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