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‘Tenacity is a trait needed for every successful researcher’

Sandy Middleton Professor and director, Nursing Research Institute at the Australian Catholic University and St Vincent’s Health Australia

Stroke care researcher Sandy Middleton on what inspires her

When and why did you develop an interest in research?

I was working as a sister in the intensive care unit at Brompton Hospital, London and became interested in processes of nursing care and their effect on patient outcomes. Subsequently, I worked as a clinical audit assistant on one of the first hospital-wide audit projects in the UK and gained valuable experience about a rigorous audit and how to use data to drive clinical practice improvement. My move into research came when I enrolled on a nursing research master’s degree course, which was cemented by completing a PhD.

Nurse Researcher. 25, 4, 8-8. doi: 10.7748/nr.25.4.8.s3

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