A nursing student at the University of Worcester has completed a research internship.

Hugo Goodbody, an adult nursing student, has spent two years focusing on the psychology of nursing as part of a research opportunity provided by the university.

The research internship scheme is designed to offer opportunities to students with a keen interest in research to build a strong profile for their future profession.


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Alongside meeting the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) course requirements, interns conduct about 300 hours of study associated with their personal research interests in nursing.

Mr Goodbody, 28, used the opportunity to delve into the psychology of nursing and the difficulties in maintaining a positive outlook when under stress.

Mr Goodbody said: "I primarily focused my research into the psychology of nursing and the difficulty in maintaining a positive attitude and outlook with patients

"I queried whether or not it was actually possible to remain positive and maintain unconditional positive regard when the workload and stress reached a certain threshold."

His research also explored the importance of safe staffing levels, and pondering if it's possible to eliminate negative thoughts, or if they are a natural human response to stress.

Mr Goodbody found the internship an encouraging and manageable experience.

He said: "I saw the internship as an opportunity to read and expand my knowledge of academic research in a really positive and supportive environment.

"The research internship in year two of my nursing course improved my time management hugely.

"This invariably has helped when year three rolled around and the need to be time aware and set goals for work becomes more important.”

Dr Theresa Mitchell, associate professor of nursing at the university, said: "Through this internship scheme we aim to encourage students to engage with research and enjoy developing their understanding about their particular subject areas.

"His commitment and motivation have been exceptional."

Following his graduation in March, Mr Goodbody is now a registered nurse at a nearby hospice, a role that matches his interest in end of life and palliative care.

He said: "I am absolutely chuffed with how the course has gone and really want to now find my feet as a registered nurse."