20 February 2015

En route to London from Italy

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT 2869—I ran out of two things these past two weeks: energy and enthusiasm. As I write this, I am on the journey home from Genoa in northern Italy to London’s Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom, having spent a week in Italy teaching and consulting with colleagues at the University of Genoa. After posting my previous blog entry about my time in Taiwan, I spent a week in Hong Kong, two nights at Heathrow Airport, and then this week in Genoa.

My energy has been at low ebb for most of this three-week journey. It took most of my two weeks in the Far East to overcome jet lag and then, after returning to Europe, I underwent another bout, from which I am only now recovering. I am not looking for sympathy—most of my international work is self-imposed—but I am a lot older now than when I started these years of intensive international work.

I completed the week in Hong Kong with colleague Mark Hayter, PhD, RN, FAAN, and, after fitting in a variety of dinners and breakfasts with old friends and colleagues, Mark and I flew home. Formal links with Hong Kong Polytechnic University are now concluded, but I return to Hong Kong in June to work with the University Grants Committee, and I will continue to advise the university’s Research Assessment Exercise.

Regaining inspiration
As usual, I ran the Corsa Italia several times in Genoa, mostly in darkness, as the days were quite short. The PhD students here are an inspiration to work with. For my past two visits, they have been working on a rapid review, applying the principles of rapid evidence assessment. They work as a group, with my support, and they are in the process of producing for publication a very good review on the influence of the clinical learning environment on nursing students’ competence with regard to patient safety.

Members of my PhD class at the University of Genoa
working hard on a rapid evidence assessment review.
Next week, the RN4CAST@IT will be launched at the University of Genoa, and Walter Sermeus, PhD, is coming from the University of Leuven in Belgium to help with the launch. RN4CAST, which was inspired by and involves the work of Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FRCN, FAAN, has been very effective across Europe in providing evidence for the effectiveness of nursing care and the value of graduate nurses. I played a small part in the project by putting my Genovese colleagues in contact with Sermeus and Aiken.

Summing up, after 17 podcasts, 10 lectures, keynotes and plenaries, and a rejection of a major paper on the effect of sampling on Mokken scaling (to be continued), in addition to keeping up with all my work as acting associate dean for research at Hull, I am returning to my family with the prospect of five weeks at home, which will be a joy. My travel responsibilities during those weeks will be limited to obtaining visas for forthcoming visits to China and Saudi Arabia and preparing lectures for those visits. Life is busy and never dull.

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