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Title: A nurses' guide to Qualitative Research
Contributor(s): Ingham-Broomfield, Becky  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Objective: This article provides a breakdown of the components of qualitative research methodology. Its intention is to simplify the terminology and process of qualitative research to enable novice readers of research to better understand the concepts involved (Benner 1984). Primary Argument: Current Competency Standards for Australian Registered Nurses and Midwives include a requirement to evaluate and implement research as part of their care (Borbasi and Jackson 2012, p.22; Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 2012). They are also expected to be actively involved in research studies (Borbasi and Jackson 2012, p.22). Evidence, when available, can enhance clinical judgement (Hamer and Collinson 2014, p.9). As evidence and research are threaded through professional work and study in the health sciences (Wright-St Clair et al 2014, p.5) nurses, particularly novice nurses, may benefit from a discussion that helps them understand the sequence of a research paper (Moxham 2012) using qualitative methodology. Conclusion: A systematic and logical approach will be used to discuss the content of a typical qualitative research paper. A comparative grid at the end of this paper (appendix 1) comparing the qualitative research designs, may lead the nurse to better understand the differing components of several qualitative research methods (Ingham-Broomfield 2014).
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 32(3), p. 34-40
Publisher: Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1447-4328
Field of Research (FOR): 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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