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Helen Goldsmith: Helping nurses in research

Helen comes to the role with over 17 years of experience in pharmaceutical clinical trials and investigator-led research, and most recently was awarded a PhD for her research.

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Nurses have many competing demands. From the moment their shift begins to when it’s time for handover, there are endless things to do and patients to care for. So, for many nurses, the thought of embarking on research is not only daunting but seemingly, almost impossible.

This is where Dr Helen Goldsmith, Clinical Nurse Consultant (Research and Quality), comes into the picture. Helen works with the Centre for Applied Nursing Research (CANR) across South West Sydney Local Health District to support nurses and midwives, who are either thinking about research, or are currently in the process of research.

“Many nurses think that research is just about producing papers and they don’t have time for that,” Helen explains. “That’s not what we’re after. We are trying to understand what nurses are experiencing at the bedside and then discussing ways research can improve staff wellbeing and patient care.”

“I also identify the gaps in their research skills and educate them to fill those gaps,” Helen says.

Helen comes to the role with over 17 years of experience in pharmaceutical clinical trials and investigator-led research, and most recently was awarded a PhD for her research into “The Incidence, Impact and Experience of Pain in Recently Discharged Adult Trauma Patients” which resulted in a series of five published papers.

“I’m here not only to share my research skills and knowledge with nurses but to advocate for nursing and midwifery-led research,” Helen said.

Helen is also working on establishing a research resource hub for nurses in South West Sydney.

“The hub will provide links to relevant research resources and available support networks, and will be an opportunity to recognise those nurses in SWS who go on to publish and/or present their research.”

If you are a nurse or midwife working within South Western Sydney Local Health District and require some assistance/advice with a research or quality project, Helen can be contacted at helen.goldsmith@health.nsw.gov.au or 0457 519 217.