Professional issues associated with the role of the research nurse
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Professional issues associated with the role of the research nurse

Gordon Hill Nurse manager, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, Network
Juliet MacArthur Senior nurse–research, NHS Lothian – University Hospitals Division, Edinburgh

This article presents the findings of two studies undertaken during 2002 and 2003 that aimed to explore a range of professional issues facing research nurses. The results indicated that the position of research nurses is often complex because of a combination of contractual and accountability arrangements. This position can be intensified by feelings of isolation, a lack of professional support and limited specific educational opportunities. Experienced research nurses are often highly skilled in terms of their specialist clinical knowledge, and have a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the research process, including methodological, ethical and practical issues.

Nursing Standard. 20, 39, 41-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.06.20.39.41.c4171

Correspondence

gordon.hill@luht.scot.nhs.uk juliet.macarthur@luht.scot.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review