Snakes and ladders: reflections of a novice researcher
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Snakes and ladders: reflections of a novice researcher

Mary Wilson Nurse specialist in bladder and bowel health, East Riding of Yorkshire PCT, UK

This article provides a reflective overview of some of Mary Wilson’s experiences of changing from being a UK continence nurse specialist to a novice researcher. She reflects on how her study was relevant to her nursing specialty but as a novice researcher, she had to re-think ingrained and often subconscious perspectives gained from years of continence nursing

While I was completing the project described here, I spent considerable time working alone. However, I read with great interest about (sometimes at the expense of literature pertaining to my research) or listened to the experience of others – especially novice researchers involved in qualitative projects. It was the experiential ‘coffee-break chat’ that I was missing out on as a lone worker who did not know many people with experiences close enough to my own. It was sometimes helpful, sometimes reassuring, occasionally worrying, but always compulsive reading or listening.

Nurse Researcher. 15, 3, 4-11. doi: 10.7748/nr2008.

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