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Meet our PhD students

Students embarking on a PhD with the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies will join a supportive and close-knit community of fellow research students and staff.

Meet some of our students...


Jessica Baillie, SONMS PhD Student

Jessica Baillie

Year of Study: third
Home Town: Buckinghamshire
Research Project: Perspectives on peritoneal dialysis at home: implications for the management of a chronic condition. 

One interesting fact about me: Dw i’n dysgu Cymraeg - I am learning Welsh!

 

Why did you decide to study your research degree at Cardiff University?

Having completed by Bachelor of Nursing (Hons.) degree at Cardiff University in 2008, I knew that Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies would be a great place to continue my academic studies.  The School has a renowned research and teaching reputation and therefore I felt this would be a good community to join. 

Tell us about your research project...

Peritoneal dialysis is a life-saving, long-term treatment for kidney failure, undertaken in the home daily by the individual or a relative.  This ethnographic study considers how individuals undertaking peritoneal dialysis, and their families, live with this chronic treatment.  Having completed interviews with patients, relatives and specialist healthcare professionals, and observed individuals performing the treatment at home, I am now analysing the data.  It is anticipated that the findings, which are revealing an in-depth insight into how individuals and families live with this treatment, will continue to assist healthcare professionals to provide the best support required by patients. 

What are you enjoying most about your studies?

I have honestly enjoyed every stage of the research thus far, but in particular I relished collecting data.  The participants welcomed me into their homes and gave me insight in their lives, and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to spend time with them. 

What elements of your study have been the most demanding or challenging?

Analysing the data is proving a challenge, as this aspect of the research is completely new to me.  However, with perseverance and support from my academic supervisors I am making progress.  Participants’ stories are fascinating and thus analysing the data is an interesting process.

How are you funding your study?

I received a studentship from the Research Capacity Building Collaboration (RCBC) Wales, an organisation funded by the Welsh Government, the Health Foundation and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.  RCBC funding is open to nurses and allied healthcare professionals and one benefit of the collaboration is that students form a Community of Scholars, where we meet six times per year and take part in additional research training.

If you had some advice for anyone contemplating a research degree in Nursing or Midwifery Studies, what would it be?

I think it is very important to undertake research in an area that interests you.  Three years is a relatively long period to stay working on the same project and thus enthusiasm about that topic is vital.


Catherine Dunn
Year of Study: 3rd
Home Town: Cardiff
Research Project: An Exploration of the Barriers to the Disclosure of Erectile Dysfunction: As an early warning of coronary heart disease

One interesting fact about me: I have a Blue Peter badge!

Tell us about your research project...

I am exploring the barriers and enablers to disclosing erectile dysfunction, which is a marker of cardiovascular risk. I have interviewed healthcare professionals and men with erectile dysfunction about their experiences of disclosure and their understanding of the link between ED and heart disease.

What was your motivation for choosing this line of research?

My clinical background in cardiac nursing and running a specific erectile dysfunction clinic for cardiovascular patients.

What are you enjoying most about your studies?

Having ownership of a project, and the return to “student” status!

What elements of your study have been the most demanding or challenging?

Managing the long term goals and coping with unexpected problems, such as recruitment.

If you had some advice for anyone contemplating a research degree in Nursing or Midwifery Studies, what would it be?

Stop thinking about it and just do it!


Member of Staff

Mandayachepa Chriford Nyando
Year of Study: 3
Home Town: Lilongwe, Malawi
Research Project: The experiences of caregivers looking after a child with HIV and AIDS in rural Malawi.

One interesting fact about me: I am very punctual

Why did you decide to study your research degree at Cardiff University?

Friendly and supportive environment, high technology and free flow of information.

Tell us about your research project...

It is about the experiences of women caregivers  as they look after a child living with HIV and AIDS in a resource-limited setting, such the rural areas of Malawi.

What was your motivation for choosing this line of research?

I have been working with rural communities in Malawi and  noted that women caregivers looking after a child living with HIV and AIDS are neglected by stakeholders in the HIV and AIDS health sector. Therefore, I wanted to explore their experiences as they take care of such children in such difficult and challenging environment that they live in.

How are you funding your study? If you are part-time, how do you manage your work/study balance?

The Malawi government is funding the study.

What do you hope to do after you have completed your research degree?

I want to publish at least four papers, and l will continue to teach at University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing in Malawi. This is my work base since 1997.