Dr Carol Kelly looks towards the camera and smiles.
Dr Carol Kelly is calling on respiratory nurses to share their Covid-19 experience for sake of research.

An Edge Hill respiratory care expert is collaborating on a new research project asking nurses to keep a diary of their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Dr Carol Kelly joins the five-strong team of nurse researchers who hope their study will help “capture the nursing voice” during the crisis and ensure lessons are learned. 

“The skills and expertise of respiratory nurses will come to the fore as health services strive to deal with the coronavirus crisis,” said Dr Kelly. 

“Because this disease affects the respiratory tract specifically, respiratory nurses will be fundamental to addressing the current challenge.” 

As a registered nurse who has worked as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist and held senior clinical roles in the NHS for many years, Dr Kelly knows all too well the challenges the profession faces. 

Dr Kelly, Reader in Respiratory Care and Head of Applied Health and Social Care in the University’s Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine, said: “Everyone is feeling anxious because their roles are changing so rapidly. 

“But we hope the study will help document some of the positives to come out of the crisis, including new ways of working. 

“I know I am working very differently and I’m sure others will be too, so let’s see what good can come out of this pandemic and what lessons we can learn for the future.” 

The research will include a national survey of nurses working in respiratory care environments during the pandemic together with a call for respiratory nurses to keep a diary or blog of their experiences. 

In-depth interviews with willing individuals will also be conducted in the future. 

The other nurse researchers involved in the project are: Emma Ray, a respiratory nurse specialist working in primary care in Hampshire who instigated the project; Lindsay Welch, senior lecturer in adult nursing at Solent University; Dr Kate Lippiett, research fellow at the University of Southampton; and Dr Nicola Roberts, senior lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University. 

They are all members of the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists, which is supporting the project, together with backing from the British Thoracic Society and Primary Care Respiratory Society

Find out more here about the research project.

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