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At the Excellence in Research Programme launch event, clinical research nurses had the opportunity to discuss the different elements of their role and the challenges it can bring. They shared suggestions on how to expand their knowledge and skills, and progress their development whilst delivering ground-breaking cancer trials.

We sent out a survey following the launch event to find out more on what currently exists for clinical research nurses in cancer and what more they’d like to see. Here’s just some of what we heard.

What does clinical research nursing mean to you?

“I bridge the gap between the patient and the trial. I’m the human face behind the trial supporting my participants all the way through.”
“It’s an opportunity to share expert knowledge with patients, and improve outcomes for them as a result.”
“Being a clinical research nurse makes me feel proud that I am contributing towards improving treatments and prolonging lives with what we do.”

If there was one activity/resource aimed at supporting your day-to-day role and/or professional development, what should it be?

“Assist in helping research nurses link up with other research nurses working within the same speciality, like cancer”
“Signpost me to the resources that I need to do my job to the highest standard”
“It is hard to pin down one but I would find an online ‘hub’ the best with links to dates, information, and applications for training locally and nationally, links to e-learning and handy resources etc”
“Access to training opportunities like informed consent and others specific to research nurse topics”
“Tool sharing forum, e.g. documentation ideas for clinical trials”
“Learning for research nurses and learning of different cancer treatments and new agents.”
“Help squash the stigma that research nurses ‘sit behind a desk'”
“More local / national events where we combine cancer education and local peer support”

What challenges do you face in your role?

“Getting non-research staff to understand the importance of my role”
“Lack of available training and resources”
“Finding enough time to learn everything I need to know!”
“Increasingly heavy workload and increasing targets from the network”

Have something to add?

To have your say on the opportunities and challenges for clinical research nurses working on cancer trials: email us.

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