ICU Nurses & AHPs
Advocate for patient
Having a good understanding of our research is important in being a key patient advocate, particularly where a patient is critically ill without capacity. This requires some experience since an ICU nurse may have to balance providing an opportunity for all patients to be offered the possibility of research, but also that we always prioritise best interests.
Research interventions should be treated like any other ICU intervention. Safety and potential risk should always be considered. Our research delivery team are very experienced in helping the bedside nurses to mitigate risk.
Awareness of Current research & evidence base from previous research
It is vital that all ICU staff are aware of our research portfolio so that patients can be identified and studies supported. The CQC will also expect all grades of nurse to have a good understanding of the research taking place in our ICUs. Further, it is important that nurses are leading and participating in our research. Better understanding of published research and the limitations of this evidence provides ICU nurses and AHPs with a better understanding of how decisions in supportive care might be taken. The basis for new guidelines and recommendations can also be better understood which increases the translation of new evidence into effective practice.
Nurses and AHPs who have a good understanding of current research are more likely to develop their own research ideas, and also determine research projects that are more feasible and patient-centred.