Maggie Davies, Head of Primary Care Strategic Development, Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, has been awarded a scholarship from the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) to undertake the fourth year of her Doctorate of Clinical Practice. The title of her study is: ‘The perspectives of Directors of Nursing in NHS Acute Trusts on caring practices.’
What made you reapply for a scholarship with the Florence Nightingale Foundation?
This is my third consecutive FNF research scholarship, so I am very fortunate and immensely proud of my scholarship. As a nurse I have known about the FNF for some years and its impressive reputation, which has also led to me joining the FNF alumni.
What is the aim of your research?
The overall aim of the research is to develop a theory to explain the perspectives of Directors of Nursing in NHS Acute Trusts on caring practices. In addition, it will also explore the social, political, professional and organisational challenges facing Directors of Nursing, and will examine how they manage and respond to these challenges. The rationale for this research is two-fold: Directors of Nursing are in unique positions to provide professional leadership to nursing and care staff at NHS Trusts; additionally, there is a gap in the literature for an England-wide study of the perceptions of Nurse Directors on caring practices.
How has the project developed since you started?
I conducted 12 semi-structured interviews with Directors of Nursing across English Acute Trusts, and used a Constructivist Grounded Theory approach and a software tool (NViVo10) to manage the data. I am now in the final weeks of writing up my research and findings in order to complete my thesis in December 2014.
Have you faced any challenges? If so, how have you overcome these challenges?
The greatest challenge has been working in a full-time role alongside my studies. I was fortunate to be given a 3 month sabbatical in the summer which helped enormously as I started the write up of my research
What do you hope to achieve?
I hope that the research highlights the significant contribution that Directors of Nursing make in maintaining and improving the standards of caring practices within their organisations. I hope we have a better understanding of the challenges facing Directors of Nursing in a post-Francis era and what support may need to be offered to them.
What are your future plans after completing your research?
I will be writing my research up for publication in journals and I hope to present my findings at conferences.
I also have a new job as Deputy Director of Nursing in Western Sussex Foundation NHS Trust, which I start in December 2014 and I am looking forward to start working in my new role.
Has this scholarship made a difference to your career?
Without the support of the Florence Nightingale Foundation and the scholarship through NHS Professionals, my research simply would not have been possible and I am extremely grateful for this. I hope to use what I have learnt from my research to make a difference as a nurse leader to patient care and experience.