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Hi, my name is Sharon kempson. I recently became a Senior Research Nurse managing and leading a team of experienced, enthusiastic and wonderful Research Nurses and a Clinical Research Project assistant. Everyday there is a patient, nurse or research story that inspires me and makes me feel privileged working in the profession I do. My passion is Research Nursing in any shape or form and in this blog I want to share with you my Research journey with tales I’ve heard along the way.

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20 facts about me…… The first Research Nurse I met was on a ward I worked on. I spent my day off with her finding out what research was all about and fell in love! This was the start of my nine year research journey. As of 5 th March 2019 I will have been a Research Nurse for 10 years! To be able to offer research to every patient in every care setting as part of routine care is a dream I hope to see as a reality one day soon. RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH is what I think about most...

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“Now close your eyes and think of the worst nurse you have met, how they made you feel, what they did, how they acted…. Now think of the best nurse, what they did, how they worked, how they made you feel…. When I ask future student nurses this question I never want you to be pictured in their mind as the worst nurse, strive to be somebodies best’. This quote from my lecturer has been in my memory since I qualified. I 100% do not want to be the worst nurse in anybody’s mind and I’m trying...

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I’m very boring and found this blog today very easy to answer. You’ve guessed it, a Research Nurse is my dream job.  All those years ago with my first encounter with a Research Nurse I knew that is what I wanted to be.  Research nursing is the job for me. All the evidence based practice today is based on research from the past. Tomorrow’s drugs, procedures, surgeries are all that I’m part of today.  It makes me very proud being part of the future. I can use my nursing skills and adapt...

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H appy birthday NHS celebrate it well, A t the front of all clinical practice, P atients and families need you, P laying a part in so many lives, Y ou are what we cherish, B irth to death your by our side, I nfinitely dedicated, R esearching for the future, T omorrow’s world you stand, H ealth and wellbeing at your heart, D ay and night you never sleep, A iming high to be the best, Y oung or old you will always care.

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I’m proud of my profession and the work nurses do. I love to see how my colleagues adjust and reshape our role to make it relevant to today. I work with some amazing people and how they ‘think outside the box’ to make research accessible for patients is inspiring. I am humbled to be working with a fantastic group of people. The NHS would not be celebrating its 70 th Birthday if it did not have the ability to move with the times. We should all be looking at what we think the successes in...

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Well I’ve had fun with writing this blog this morning. My daughter and I have been listening and reminiscing to all our favourite songs. Trying hard to decide what would make our top 5!!! It’s a bit like top of the pops. My music choice is very crummy so please do not judge….. Here goes. Coming in at number 5: The final countdown (Europe) I now have an ear worm and its going to last all day! I’ve been pegging the washing out humming this tune. Next at number 4: Hard to choose between...

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Immediate Goal – to complete this 30 day challenge and loving every minute of writing this blog. I’ve wanted to start a blog for such a long time and it was never the right time or I didn’t know how to do it etc etc. Reading other nursing blogs, I’m inspired by the student nurses at the start of their career or more experienced nurses reflecting their nursing role. I will definitely continue this blog after the 30 days challenge and would love to continue to follow the #Nursebloggers...

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When my little boy was younger I enjoyed looking in his pockets when I emptied his school coat to wash. Wrappers, pebbles, bits of broken toys all kept safe in his pocket. This blog post made me think of those times. Back to my work bag, well bags…… I now have two bags, I regularly catch trains and one day I lost my purse, panicking I looked in my massive bag, not there!!!!  What was I going to do, I was about to get on the train. To my relief it was under my arm?? I promised myself that...

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This blog has been difficult today. I don’t know any jokes patients have told me….. Patients tell them all the time and I cannot think of one at all. Not one. Even my fellow nurse’s share a joke or two, but nothing is rushing back to the brain either! I’ve even contemplated cheating and looked up nursing jokes, but I thought this blog has to be true and factual so gave that a miss. I was once handed a certificate from my school pals for the worst joke teller, for exactly this reason...

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I’m a social eater therefore I enjoy lunch when I go on my break with a colleague. I work across sites so I love to sample the different canteens. I get tips from the trust nurses who can always suggest the best places to get a bite to eat. The other day a baguette bar was recommended and it was truly a great suggestion. Yesterday I had an eccles cake, not had one of those for years from a trust coffee bar. I think I could write a blog rating canteen food at different hospitals. I do have...

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When my Nan was younger in the 40’s she wanted to be a nurse but did not pass the anatomy exam.  “I just could not remember the names of the bones” she once told me. When my other Nan was dying and I was 10 years old, I placed a drink on her bedside table and she said I would make a good nurse. I don’t want to be a nurse I wanted to be a teacher was my first thought. In the end I became a bank clerk. My younger sister who I seemed to follow into jobs (she worked in a shop, she got me a...

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I’ve spent a little bit of time reminiscing over this blog. It’s been a few years since I was a student nurse. I never had a research placement or even knew Research Nurses existed. I’m guessing that if I did have a research placement that would have been my favourite one. I had a wonderful time as a student nurse learning so much. I wish I had blogged like a lot of our fantastic #70nursebloggers to reflect on the journey I’ve made. I did start a diary when I first qualified but gave it up...

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Make lists One of my favourite things to do is make a list. It always reduces my anxiety as I know what needs doing. As a research nurse there is lots to remember so having a list is perfect. I get easily distracted so when I need to complete a task, if something else pops into my head I just jot it down so I can go back to it when the task is completed. I put urgent actions now on my phone with an alarm to alert me when it’s due. My research mentor once explained "you will have three...

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Toughie this blog post. I’ve read a few blogs today for inspiration and scary that one blogger put the year 2023!!! I love how focused some of the #70nurseblogger community is. I was asked this question in a recent interview and up until then I hadn’t really thought about it. I would like to stay in research, research is my passion. In five years’ time I hope I will be a better manager and leader. Having the skills that will come more naturally. Day 8, 30 day challenge was my current goals...

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Degree or not degree that is the question? I qualified with a registered nurse diploma (I would have been unable to complete the nursing degree as a mature student with children, I needed a small income which the diploma provided) I am very proud of this achievement and work with many nurses who did the same. I topped this up with a degree in practice nursing a little bit later on in my career. This was in my own time, financed by myself when I had the job security to do so.  I work with...

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Number 1 #70nursebloggers All of the #70nursebloggers are fab. I’ve been really enjoying reading the different perspectives around nursing. Vlogging is not something I had even thought about before this challenge so hats off to you vloggers. One day I may try it. Number 2 Mentalhealthnurseabby.wordpress.com Abby’s blog was the first #70nursebloggers post I read. Therefore she needs a listing all by herself.  Mentalhealthnurseabby’s blog is an honest read. I like following her...

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This a picture of me enjoying what I love best....... talking about research!!! Nothing more nothing less.

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RESEARCH You’ve guessed it…. Why? Because….. Evidence based practice Research is everybody’s future I’m a small part of making that future Continuous learning Making things better Quality of life Extending life Saving life Research is happening not just in hospitals, patients can access research in a variety of settings All research results are important Please find out where your nearest Research and Development department is. Even spend a day shadowing the...

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Number 1 First Patient first visit Starting a study is an exciting time and when the first patient first visit takes place it is such an achievement for everybody. The patient has access to new treatments, the trust/care setting can offer new pathways and as a nurse you are at the forefront of treatment. Number 2 talking about research (to anybody that will listen) As you are probably already aware I’m a research bore. Get me started on the subject and I could talk for hours and...

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My favourite thing about being a nurse is the little things that happen every day that surprise you. However small, little things can make a big difference. When I was a student nurse I spent time with an older lady who was bed bound putting her make up on for when her relatives arrived. She was so pleased and it only took me a few minutes. That was over 15 years ago and I remember that feeling of happiness still today. A teenager sharing their delight with me that since taking part in...

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Number 1 – a to do list. At the start of the day I write all the things I want to achieve in the day. As I’m working through them, if another job enters my mind I jot it down and continue with the job in hand. Number 2 – Emails Emails Emails Emails I check them every day. I love when I’ve actioned everything. Then all the reply’s come flooding in and more jobs for me to email about. Number 3 – phone calls Sometimes rather than responding to an email I pick up the phone and...

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This blog is very difficult to write as I have so many nurses who inspire me every day. I would hate to list them and then miss somebody out, that would be my worst nightmare. I did start a list, but to be honest it would have taken all night and would be a bit like the thank you speeches at the Oscars. So I’m going to bow out tonight, with a very short blog. I think the nurses who inspire me know who they are… I talk in my past blogs about them all a lot or even tell them daily.

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These are the accounts I take a peek at daily to find out what is happening in the twitter research world. Number 1 @ReggieCRNWM Did I say I was Reggie’s biggest fan? Reggie is a popular chap, he hops around the West Midlands sharing his enthusiasm for research and making new friends. Number 2 @CRN_WMid Great to keep up to date with what is happening in research locally and in my organisation. Number 3 @OfficialNIHR NIHR Research, great to see what is happening generally in...

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These are challenging blogs, I don’t think I get annoyed very easily and do try to see the positive in most things therefore I hate blogging negatively. But I do have one nursing pet peeve. Only one - gatekeepers to research this is my nursing pet peeve. I have tried to change my mind set and focus on enablers to research rather than the gatekeepers. I believe success breeds success so highlighting positive aspects of research hopefully will encourage gatekeepers to change their ways. We...

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Hmmm……… I don’t think I have one. I think I’m an open book and what you see is what you get with me. I did read an article yesterday that suggested a ‘power hour’ of learning each week. It does not need to be work based learning, but just a new skill that can be gained in an hour. I’m going to give this a go. Then I will have lots of hidden talents to share. Any ideas for my ‘power hour’ are very much welcome.  

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My Nan wanted to be a nurse but never became one, she could not pass the anatomy exam. I really wish now I had had a chat with her to discuss this but sadly it was never meant to be.  However she was extremely really proud of me and my sister when we became nurses. My younger sister encouraged me to become a nurse, she qualified as I started my career as a student nurse. I really appreciated having my sister’s opinions and experience, she gave me reassurance that you do start to become...

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Number 1 inquiring I think as a research nurse you need an inquiring mind. What, Why, Where, When, who and how. Number 2 adaptable CRN research nurses work across different teams at different trusts. One day you will be with one team the next day another. You are always adapting to the different settings, different systems, and different pathways. Not many other jobs allow you the opportunity to experience the variety of different ways of working. You can share the best practice...

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Correct, you’ve guessed my proudest moment…… Becoming a Research nurse and living my dream job. I’m really thankful to the team that took a chance on me and believed in my abilities, developing me as a research nurse and now senior research nurse. I hope that in completing this #30daychallenge I have showed a small insight into research nursing. Encouraged people to think about research not only as a nursing career but things you can do in your day to day jobs to be research active. I...

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I think it is very apt for the end of my #30daychallenge to discuss 5 top tips for nurses. Nearly ten years to the day I wrote a similar article giving my top ten tips for student nurses. This was published in ‘the Answer’ magazine in the autumn of 2008. I’ve had to track my article down and finally after a lot of hunting, looking through my portfolios…. I’ve found it. I think my top ten tips are all relevant today too. Here are my top ten tips (sorry not five) Research your ward...

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Sharon Kempson

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Jul 31, 2018

Bio Research nurse who loves talking about Research!

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