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RCN International Research Conference
Rachel O'Brien


Thanks to Medic One and the Elsie Inglis Grant I was funded to travel to the RCN Research International Research Conference in Nottingham in April 2015 to which my colleague Polly Black & I had submitted a poster outlining our Time & Motion Pilot Study. This was looking at optimising recruitment activities of EMERGE Research Nurses. This small pilot study showed that the perceived recruitment times of research participants versus the actual time of recruitment can vary dramatically which was an extremely beneficial finding to help EMERGE plan better for future activity. We felt that the range in actual recruitment times and the number of interruptions recorded reflect the challenging environment of the Emergency Department and the heterogeneity of the patients involved. From the results we also were able to identify further ways in which to optimise recruitment which in turn allows EMERGE to increase our capacity with a view to increasing the research activity in our Emergency Department as well as supporting nurse led research within the team.

To our delight our poster abstract was accepted and I travelled down to display it at the conference. During the day, the editor of Emergency Nurse approached me to discuss the study and subsequently has asked Polly and me to write an article for the journal on the study. Much to my surprise at the end of the day, our poster was named as the winning poster and has since been presented at the College of Emergency Medicine annual conference.

Thank you very much to Medic One and Elsie Inglis. Their contribution has allowed EMERGE to share our findings with the wider research community and build new relationships with a view to Emergency Medicine research collaborations  which is extremely exciting!

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