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Tricia’s Undergraduate Nursing Experience with EMERGE

My name is Trisha Jeram and I am a student nurse. My first encounter with EMERGE was as an Emergency Department (ED) receptionist when I helped to insert study information cards for SALI into poly pockets ready for triage nurses. In a busy, fast-paced and stressful environment like the ED, I quickly noticed that the EMERGE nurses appeared calm, friendly, happy and content in their roles. Out of curiosity I approached them and asked what research nurses did and if I could volunteer with them. In addition to granting my request, I was offered admin shifts! I fell in love with the team. Recently I was privileged to go on a 3 week student placement with EMERGE. As I shadowed the team and their work of recruiting patient participants to clinical trials based on excellent high-quality research ethics and governance, I came to appreciate more about these unsung heroes who tirelessly contribute to improving clinical standards in the NHS. I thoroughly enjoyed my placement and I am thankful to Miranda Odam, Adam Lloyd and everyone who made this placement possible.