Journal of Professional Nursing

Nursing Research for Bread and Butter 

Chris Tuffnell, RGON, DHA, Nurse Researcher, Nelson Hospital 

Reference:  Tuffnell, C. (1987). Nursing Research for Bread and Butter. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 2(2), 19-23.


In June 1985 I was appointed Nurse Researcher, Nelson Hospital on a part time basis of thirty two hours per week.  Previous to this I had spent five years as Charge Nurse of a medical ward.  Having completed my DHA (Massey) in 1977 and continuing study toward a B.A. (Nursing Studies) I saw a challenge in breaking new ground in nursing locally – nursing research as an acceptable part of paid employment.  Continued… 

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