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Published: 13 January 2014

Nursing student’s research published in major academic journal

Study into the psychological impact of young caregiving featured in Nursing Children and Young People.

A final year Child Nursing student at the University of Surrey has had her original research published in a key academic journal.

Jess Collins embarked on her investigation into the positive as well as potentially negative impact of young caregiving for the dissertation for her psychology degree, which she completed at the University of Winchester.

She decided to try to get her research published after starting her Child Nursing degree at Surrey and becoming aware of the importance of evidence-based nursing practice. Her Surrey tutors helped her to adapt the study so it was relevant to nursing.

Jess, whose research was inspired by her voluntary work at the Winchester Young Carers Project where she saw some of the positive sides of being a carer, said: “It has taken perseverance and a lot of hard work to get my work published, but to see it finally in print is amazing. It was a lifelong goal to have my work published and it has given me a real sense of achievement.”

Read Jess’ article ‘How caring for a parent affects the psychosocial development of the young’.

Find out more about Jess’s experience as a student nurse at Surrey and learn more about our exciting range of undergraduate and postgraduate health sciences, nursing and midwifery courses.