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#ThesisThursday – Open Access Week 2018

Today is #ThesisThursday on Twitter, part of the activities celebrating International Open Access Week.

We asked our guest blogger Julia Terry to tell us about her recently completed Swansea University PhD.

College of Human and Health Sciences / Swansea University / 20th March 2018

What was the most important or overarching finding of your research?

My thesis focused on exploring talk about mental health nursing. I interviewed mental health service users, nurses and nursing students. In today’s healthcare climate we expect to see more practice that involves patients/service users in nursing processes. In Wales this is legislated for in mental health settings. However, my main finding was that there was limited talk about service user involvement in nursing processes and that involvement does not appear feature as a main part of mental health  nurses’ professional identity. Generally, service user involvement was spoken about very little, with service users voicing dissatisfaction with the limited time nurses spent with them, and nurses describing their roles as mostly task focussed.

What was the most surprising thing that you discovered; was there anything odd or unexpected?

It was surprising that nursing students said they had little understanding about service user involvement in nursing processes and had seen few good examples in practice. However, whilst these results were surprising, other studies in the UK have also found limited service user involvement in mental health care planning and that their expectations from nurses have not always been met.

What was the biggest challenge that you encountered during your PhD, and did it change the direction of your research?

The biggest challenge was the part-time nature of my PhD. I was very well supported and encouraged all the way through my journey. It was essential that I kept up my organisation and time management skills in order that I remained on track.

Have you any words of wisdom for any researchers who might be embarking on a similar programme of research?

Keeping a research log from the beginning is a good idea. I kept short notes on my progress all the way through and even took these in to my Viva exam. It means you have everything in one place, and can track your progress easily.

Read Julia’s thesis in our repository, Cronfa.

Title: Talking about mental health nursing: a qualitative analysis of nurses’ and service users’ accounts

Supervisors: Professor Michael Coffey & Dr Jeanette Hewitt

Link:  https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa43230

posted by Caroline Rauter

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Swansea University’s electronic theses: find out more

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Swansea University introduced a new electronic thesis submission process in 2017 so all new students are required to make their thesis open access on Cronfa (unless there is a compelling reason not to). Our growing collection of open access theses showcases the excellent research outputs of our students and the university’s commitment to open research.

It’s important that all those involved in the process – students, supervisors, administrators – understand what is required in terms of the submission process and considerations around copyright. There is information on the E-theses Libguide and we are also running a session on Wednesday 3rd October 2-3pm on Park Campus in Training Room 1, Level 2 West, Library & Information centre. Sign up via ABW (staff only) or just come along!

Contact the Library Research Support Team for more information: iss-research@swansea.ac.uk

 

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Curating Swansea University Theses

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From October 2017 all new PhD students have to make an electronic copy of their thesis available online. Information about this is available on our LibGuide. Existing and former PhD students can also participate in the new e-thesis service to make our Swansea University theses open access on the institutional repository Cronfa.

We are also awaiting completion of a project to digitize 1000 older theses (see the original news item from June 2017). This work is being undertaken by Proquest and the resulting full text PDFs will be available both on Cronfa and on Proquest’s Dissertations and Theses database.

Swansea University already has over 180 theses that were digitized via part of the Ethos service run by the British Library. This offers digitization of a thesis for a fee and the thesis is then made available for all users on http://ethos.bl.uk/. Our theses that have been digitized in this way are linked from our library catalogue iFind or can be found using the Advanced Search option on Ethos: enter “Swansea” as a term for “Current Institution” and check the box for “Limit search to items available for immediate download”.

The library catalogue iFind remains the main source for all Swansea University theses. The print copies are held in the thesis store and can be consulted in the library (however many of these are away for digitization with Proquest at the moment).

The Library Research Support Team is working closely with our metadata and cataloguing experts to improve access to the university’s theses collection – we will post more information on e-theses over the next few months to support the launch of this new service. Contact us on openaccess@swansea.ac.uk with any queries!

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