Page 1: Participant Information Sheet

You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Your participation with the study is entirely voluntary and you do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to. 

What is the purpose of this study?

The aims of this study are to characterise the nature of the relationship between veterinary nurses (VN) and veterinary surgeons (VS) using a modified Nurse-Physician Collaboration Scale to determine VN perspectives, and to investigate what participant demographics effect this relationship. This aspect of the veterinary profession has not been researched fully, however there are many studies within human medicine exploring the nurse and physician relationship, and the impact this has on aspects of professional practice such as patient care. This study will last for 8 months and will contribute to a master’s qualification in Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing.

Who can participate in this study?

You are invited to take part in this study if you are:

  • A registered VN or student VN

  • Currently working in either small animal, equine or large animal practice

Do I have to take part?

No, it is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part, your consent will be assumed by your completion and submission of the questionnaire. If you decide to take part, you are still free to withdraw at any time during completion of the questionnaire without giving a reason.

If you are a student of the University of Glasgow or other institution, the decision not to participate will not affect your grades in any way.

What do I have to do?

You will be asked to complete an anonymous online questionnaire with answers on a scale from never agree to always agree. We ask that you try to give as generalised an answer as possible. Try not to focus on one specific veterinary surgeon or particular experience but try to give a general or overall statement of your experience as a veterinary nurse. It should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

What are the possible diadvantages and risks of taking part?

We believe that there are no known risks associated with this research study. This study will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, so we ask that you give yourself time to complete the questionnaire undisturbed.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

You will receive no direct benefit from taking part in this study. The information that is collected during this study will give us a better understanding of the interpersonal relationship between veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All information which is collected about you and the responses that you provide during the course of this research will be kept strictly confidential. As this is an anonymous online survey, we do not collect any personal data such as names, addresses or workplaces which would allow for your responses to be identified as yours.

What will happen to my data?

Researchers from the University of Glasgow collect, store and process all personal information in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (2018). All study data will be held in accordance with The General Data Protection Regulation (2018). The data will be stored in archiving facilities in line with the University of Glasgow retention policy of up to 10 years. After this period, further retention may be agreed, or your data will be securely destroyed in accordance with the relevant standard procedures. Your data will form part of the study result that will be published in expert journals, presentations, student dissertations and on the internet for other researchers to use. Your name will not appear in any publication.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of this study will be written up as part of a master’s dissertation which will be submitted in July 2020. Results may be disseminated at a later date through publication or presentation. Copies of publications would be obtained from Sam.Fontaine@Glasgow.ac.uk. Direct quotes from participants may be used in any resulting publications or reports, though they are anonymised.

Who is organising and funding the research?

This research study is being organised by myself as part of my master’s qualification. It is not being funded.

Who has reviewed the study?

This research study has been reviewed by the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences Ethics Committee. 

Ethics application number: 200190098

Contact for Further Information

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at 0704782b@student.glasgow.ac.uk. You may also contact my supervisor at Sam.Fontaine@Glasgow.ac.uk.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet.