Cheers with Peers – Prof Mei Krishnasamy and Dr Jennifer McIntosh – August 2019

Moving from clinical practice to research

In this episode, Dr. Jennifer McIntosh and Professor Mei Krishnasamy discuss the transition of clinical practice to researcher and how Mid Career Researchers (MCR) can build their folio of work to become experts in their field. Professor Krishnasamy holds the inaugural Chair in Cancer Nursing at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests embrace the development and evaluation of nurse-led interventions aimed at refining patient and carer experiences of living with a diagnosis of cancer, demands of treatment and symptom profiles and is concerned in the development of nursing and allied health-led services.

In the podcast, Professor Krishnasamy discusses her nursing background in Wales, United Kingdom and how she has become an expert in the field of cancer nursing. She talks about her beginning at the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff and the Royal Marsden Hospital before coming to Australia. She believes that mentors must create and advocate for nurse-led research and support MCRs. She discusses the tension between being a practicing nurse and moving into research. She talks about the Cancer Nursing Research Hub, recently launched, which allows nurses to network with other nurses to build their research capability.

She reflects on the mid-career researcher period of her life and thinks that when Cancer Council CEO Sanchia Aranda nominated her for the prestigious Robert Tiffany Lectureship that she understood that she did have something to say. She advises current MCRs to have the confidence to reach out to other researchers within your field and network. She also recommends to keep one’s ego in check and take on research studies that you might not be passionate about, but that builds goodwill within your research community.

Mei recommends listening to This American Life.

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