Managing people with long term conditions is a significant challenge for the UK and global health community. As the largest professional group in health care, nursing has a major role to play. For some time, nurse colleagues at Bournemouth University have been researching leadership, workforce development and value-based nurse education, as well as issues pertaining to long-term conditions such as cancer and chronic obstructive airway disease (COPD).
Our research centre is known as N4LTH and brings together academics and practice-based colleagues with passion, expertise and reputation in nurse education and research for impact on patient benefit and the preparation of a resilient workforce to support healthy communities. It is led by a core group of very experienced researchers with high-level collaborations nationally and internationally.
The overall aim of the research centre is to contribute to the knowledge base, informing the nursing management of long-term health challenges, a rapidly growing aspect of contemporary health care.
Our research impacts on theory, education and professional practice and falls under four broad categories:
- Nursing leadership and workforce,
- Fundamental clinical care practices,
- Evidence-based nurse education,
- Palliative and end of life care.