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Stepping into nursing research: an introduction for gastroenterology and hepatology nurses
  1. Stacey Munnelly1,
  2. Shellie Jean Radford2,3,
  3. Pooja Datt3,
  4. Leigh Donnelly4,
  5. Aileen Fraser5,
  6. Elena Gil-Zaragozano6,
  7. Kathryn Jack7,
  8. Harriet Watson8,
  9. Tariq H Iqbal9,
  10. Shaji Sebastian10,11,
  11. Karen Kemp12
  1. 1 Gastroenterology, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
  2. 2 Nottingham NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, University of Nottingham University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK
  3. 3 London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, Harrow, UK
  4. 4 Endoscopy, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northumberland, UK
  5. 5 Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK
  6. 6 Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, UK
  7. 7 Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  8. 8 Guy's and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Trust, London, UK
  9. 9 Gastroenterology, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK
  10. 10 Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Hull, UK
  11. 11 Hull York Medical School, Hull, UK
  12. 12 Gastroenterology/IBD, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shellie Jean Radford, Nottingham NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, University of Nottingham University Park Campus, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK; shellie.radford1{at}


In this second part of an introduction to research for gastroenterology and hepatology nurses, we aim to build on the first article that introduced the significance and structure of the National Institute for Health and Care Research clinical research landscape in the UK and the importance of nurse engagement. This article introduces possible career pathways available in the profession and specialty. Practical information on how to start research is provided, including an overview of the education, training and support required for a career in research delivery and academic research. Some of the potential barriers to nursing research careers are highlighted, and solutions to navigate a successful career in nursing research are proposed.


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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the writing and editing of the manuscript. KK took oversight of the final editing of the manuscript. SJR is acting as the corresponding author. SM, PD, LD, AF, EG-Z, KK and HW contributed to writing and whole manuscript review. SJR conceptualised the article and contributed to writing, final reviews and revisions. THI and SS conceptualised the article and contributed to writing and whole manuscript review. KK conceptualised the article and led and contributed to writing, whole manuscript oversight, and final reviews and revisions.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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