Managing people with long term conditions is a significant challenge for the UK and global health community. As the largest professional group in health care, nursing has a major role to play. For some time, nurse colleagues at Bournemouth University have been researching leadership, workforce development and value-based nurse education, as well as issues pertaining to long-term conditions such as cancer and chronic obstructive airway disease (COPD).
Our research centre is known as N4LTH and brings together academics and practice-based colleagues with passion, expertise and reputation in nurse education and research for impact on patient benefit and the preparation of a resilient workforce to support healthy communities. It is led by a core group of very experienced researchers with high level collaborations nationally and internationally.
The overall aim of the research centre is to contribute to the knowledge base informing the nursing management of long-term health challenges, a rapidly growing aspect of contemporary health care.
Palliative and End of Life care
PhD projects include shared decision-making in advanced pancreatic cancer and exploring end of life care in care homes. A programme of research activity around music therapy and end of life care is on-going. A potential project is being developed with a local hospice.
Nursing leadership and workforce development
Our current programmes of work include improving nurse retention, exploring nurse student transition to registered practice, student preparation for nurse leadership and investigating RN returners. Related PhD projects include an investigation of organisational culture in the provision of nutritional care for older patients.
Humanised care practices to live well with long term health challenges
The nursing department has an established history of developing nursing curricula based on humanising care philosophy as well as associated publications and conference presentations. This is being developed to work with clinical practitioners to consider issues around the management of deteriorating patients.
Evidence-based nurse education
This is the newest theme in the research centre; a programme of activity is being developed