International nurse Yetunde Adepoju reflects on her time on our research internship
16 November 2023
An international nurse who has benefited from being an ARC West research intern has reflected on her time with us in a vlog. Yetunde Adepoju joined us from the University of Gloucestershire, where she had recently qualified as a nurse specialising in adult nursing.
In the vlog, Yetunde said about the internship:
“I found it as a bridge to graduate studies. I just finished my undergraduate and I thought that this was very helpful. It gave me an introduction into the research world. I learned so much. I learned about systematic reviews.”
During her time with us, Yetunde produced a rapid review on the effect of diabetes self-management on patients’ HbA1c results in primary care. HbA1c is a simple test which measures your average blood sugar levels over the past three months. This work builds on her bachelor’s dissertation, a service evaluation on the impact of personalised care in patients living with type 2 diabetes.
“My next step is to focus on my clinical skills and get involved in clinical research work in my trust. I eventually want to pursue a masters in clinical research or clinical education through my trust, because my work visa restricts activities that reduce my working hours.”
Dr Sharea Ijaz, ARC West Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis and Yetunde’s supervisor during the internship, said:
“It was really easy working with Yetunde. She contributed to the work of the evidence team beautifully despite this being her first time in a research team. She also developed and completed a rapid review for a clinical question herself. She faced unique challenges (unpaid for the first month and a family bereavement in the second month) and yet managed to achieve all the goals she had set for her internship.”