research study is exploring how advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) mobilise
knowledge when discharging patients with long-term conditions from the
Emergency Department (ED).
using an ethnographic approach, including observations and interviews to
collect data from ANPs and other clinicians who are involved in knowledge
mobilisation. I will spend about 6 months regularly visiting the ED, looking at
the processes of how knowledge is chosen, understood, shared, and applied by
ANPs in discharge decisions.
background as a primary care ANP has been useful in understanding and
interpreting the literature and initial data. I have continued working as a
nurse 1-2 days a month to keep my clinical skills and maintain a clinical
perspective in interpreting my data.
have taken advantage of several opportunities to disseminate my research:
I presented my proposal at the Cofsoc
(Coffee and Sociology) group in ScHARR in January 2016.
I was invited to
present my study design to the Emergency Medicine Research in Sheffield (EMRIS)
group in Feb 2016.
I also gave an oral
summary of my PhD in ‘Gone in 60 seconds’ at the ScHARR PGR conference in May
I presented my
PhD at the Knowledge Utilization colloquium in North Wales in July 2016
and was awarded first prize for the most innovative presentation.
My abstract was
accepted for a poster presentation at the BSA Medsoc conference in
Birmingham, which I attended in Sept 2016.
I have written blogs for the website
FindaPhD.com, focusing on my experience of commencing PhD study as a
mature student (August and November 2016).