Nicola Stewart is a Senior Research Nurse at UCL/CNWL NHS Foundation Trust.
There are so many jobs available in the world that it’s impossible to know what’s available. After working in intensive care, Nicola became interested in research and has divulged a new career path.
Can you give some examples of what you do in a typical day or week?
I deal with the coordination of clinical trials for HIV and sexual health, and seeing patients enrolled in those trials.
What do you enjoy most and least about your work?
I like providing patients with unique care and treatment that is not available in the everyday NHS – they can be potentially life changing.
I least enjoy the paperwork!
How did you get into your current career?
I began my career as a Nurse, working in adult intensive care, and took an interest in the Research Nurses who appeared at the bedside every now and then. After doing some researching myself, I found a Research Nurse job working with rare auto-inflammation and it turned out to be the most rewarding job ever.
What advice would you give someone starting out in your career?
The NIHR Academy have some really useful information about being a Clinical Research Nurse. You don’t need to be a Registered Nurse to do this job anymore, as the new role of Clinical Research Practitioner has now developed, allowing those who are not Registered Nurses to do almost the same role.
What are your future career plans?
I am currently completing an MSc in Population Health and am planning for a PhD in the future.
A huge thank you to Nicola for telling us about her career and letting us know about the new opportunity available!
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