By Jen Smith, RN, Australia
Two years ago I participated in a research study on self-care for health professionals who work in palliative care. It was a qualitative research study where I was interviewed on what self-care was to me, how I understood it and how I applied it to my own life. This interview was a wonderful experience, which I shared in a blog at the time called ‘The Value of Qualitative Research -Understanding and Expression.’
The research has since been published and it’s had me pondering further about what we call research.
In fact, I re-read the article that I wrote on my experience at that time. As a result of participating in that research I came to new understandings about:
- Myself, working as a nurse and how important self-care is
- How confirming it was to discuss with a researcher how my life has changed with the simple activities of self-care
- Research itself and how amazing it was to participate in a research study.