Nurse surprised by career award, left in shock

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A clinical academic community nurse based in Cambridgeshire receives recognition for NHS 75th anniversary.

Dr. Ben Bowers from Melbourn earns external recognition from Nursing Times as one of the top 75 nurses and midwives for their significant contributions to the NHS.

Despite leaving school at 16 without qualifications, a visit to an accident & emergency department sparked his interest in nursing and led him to pursue a career in the field.

“I’m truly humbled by the recognition of being acknowledged as one of the leading experts in my field. It’s an honor that I find difficult to fully grasp,” he expressed with humility.

Dr. Bowers, specializing in palliative and end-of-life care at the University of Cambridge Department of Public Health and Primary Care, expressed his delight in receiving the award, acknowledging that it is still challenging for him to believe.

At Jesus College, Dr. Bowers holds the positions of Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Associate.

In his capacity as a clinical academic, Dr. Bowers conducts research at Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, aiming to enhance patient outcomes.

As an interdisciplinary nurse researcher, Dr. Bowers actively collaborates with colleagues from various healthcare sectors, fostering a multidimensional approach to his work.

Dr. Bowers dedicates his research to anticipatory prescribing, which involves providing “just in case” medicine boxes containing painkillers and other necessary medications to patients in their end-of-life stage who are receiving care at home.

Although Dr. Bowers supports the practice of anticipatory prescribing, his research highlights the need for improved communication with patients and their loved ones.

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“It is an essential intervention. We simply need to enhance our communication and implement it at the appropriate moment,” he emphasized.

He shared that community services have approached him, recognizing the importance of their work. It encourages them to question clinical assumptions and improves the quality of end-of-life care.

“I’m delighted to learn that my work is generating such impact,” Dr. Bowers expressed. He hopes that his accomplishments will serve as inspiration for others to pursue research endeavors.

“The goal is to have at least one in 100 nurses as clinical academics, but in reality, the current number is likely less than one in 1,000,” he remarked, highlighting the need to increase the representation of clinical academics in the nursing profession.

Emphasizing the potential impact and fulfillment of pursuing clinical academia, he expressed his hope that the award serves as an inspiration for nurses to consider a career in this remarkable field. He highlighted the opportunity it provides to enhance patient care on a significant scale.

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