FNF scholar submits six month report on research into the experiences of Directors of Nursing in Acute Trusts and caring practices


In July 2013 Maggie Davies, a qualified nurse, was awarded a second year Florence Nightingale Foundation research scholarship, where she has continued to work on her research dissertation for the Doctorate of Clinical Practice. The title of her research is ‘The experiences of Acute NHS Trust Directors of Nursing, on caring practices’. The role of the Director of Nursing in assuring quality and safety has been recognised as important for many years but little is known about their perspectives on the caring practices of Acute NHS Trusts. Research in this field is vital to gain a rounded and complete understanding of the issues facing this sector.

Since July last year, Maggie has conducted 12 semi-structured interviews with Directors of Nursing across English Acute Trusts. She is using a Constructivist Grounded Theory approach and a software tool (NViVo10) to manage the data. She has recently drafted chapter three of her thesis.

In May, Maggie shall be taking a three month sabbatical from her full-time job in order to move ahead in the write-up of her thesis, anticipating submission of her thesis for the award of Doctorate in December 2014, and will sit an oral examination in February 2015.

Maggie is very grateful for the continued support of Professor Elizabeth Robb, chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, and NHS Professionals for enabling, funding and supporting her to undertake this research.

We will keep you updated on Maggie’s progress as she continues to write her thesis over the next six months and as she prepares for her oral exam in February 2015.

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