Oxford Brookes University and Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery are running a nation-wide survey investigating the experiences of student nurses on placement in the NHS throughout the pandemic.

The study will focus on the impact of student nurse education before and after the pandemic.

The investigation has received a substantial research grant of £618,324 from the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to COVID-19.

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The research team is currently recruiting students nurses from all over the U.K.

Participants will complete a short survey and record a series of 'audio diaries' which detail their everyday experiences.

After this, researchers will conduct in-depth surveys with each student nurse.

Those who are interested in participating in the research should visit the website here.

Dr Mary Malone, Director of the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery at Brookes and principal investigator said: "Student nurses are a vital part of the NHS response to this pandemic. It’s essential we understand more about how effective their educational experiences were in preparing them for this huge challenge.

"Learning how student nurses can be best supported and prepared for practice must make a difference to how teaching is delivered in the future."

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Professor Dame Anne Marie Rafferty, President of the Royal College of Nursing and Professor of Nursing Policy at King’s College London, said: "The pandemic has accelerated thousands of student nurses entering the workplace.

"We can learn from their experiences and develop their education, to support them make the transition and stay the course once they qualify."