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Nurse Researcher

Peter Kokol, Helena Blažun Vošner, Danica Železnik
Background Digitally stored, large healthcare datasets enable nurses to use 'big data' techniques and tools in nursing research. Big data is complex and multi-dimensional, so visualisation may be a preferable approach to analyse and understand it. Aim To demonstrate the use of visualisation of big data in a technique called correspondence analysis. Discussion In the authors' study, relations among data in a nursing dataset were shown visually in graphs using correspondence analysis. The case presented demonstrates that correspondence analysis is easy to use, shows relations between data visually in a form that is simple to interpret, and can reveal hidden associations between data...
September 2016: Nurse Researcher
Fiona Alice Watson
Background Pilot studies are more commonly associated with quantitative research, and their use is under-reported in qualitative approaches. This paper discusses the value of undertaking a pilot study in a doctoral research project to examine nursing students' understanding of recovery in mental health by adopting what is called a phenomenographic approach, which in research is concerned with the variation in how particular phenomena are experienced. Aim To explore the usefulness of three different methods of collecting data - interviewing, completed exam papers and a written response to a scenario - and the Dahlgren and Fallsberg ( 1991 ) framework for phenomenographic data analysis...
September 2016: Nurse Researcher
Gudrun Reay, Shelley Raffin Bouchal, James A Rankin
Background Grounded theory (GT) is founded on the premise that underlying social patterns can be discovered and conceptualised into theories. The method and need for theoretical sensitivity are best understood in the historical context in which GT was developed. Theoretical sensitivity entails entering the field with no preconceptions, so as to remain open to the data and the emerging theory. Investigators also read literature from other fields to understand various ways to construct theories. Aim To explore the concept of theoretical sensitivity from a classical GT perspective, and discuss the ontological and epistemological foundations of GT...
September 2016: Nurse Researcher
Lucie Michelle Ramjan, Kath Peters, Ariana Villarosa, Amy Ruth Villarosa, Claire Curmi, Yenna Salamonson
Background The collection of sensitive data can arouse emotional reactions and researchers may have difficulty distancing themselves from personal stories. Debriefing can address the emotional effect of an experience on researchers. Aim To explore the debrief responses of three research assistants who were involved in the review of retrospective charts and medical notes in a study that examined the risk factors for readmission in young people with anorexia nervosa. Discussion Based on a review of the responses, the principal research team reflected on the value and effectiveness of a debrief tool for research assistants entering sensitive quantitative data...
September 2016: Nurse Researcher
Gill Murphy, Kath Peters, Lesley Wilkes, Debra Jackson
Background Conceptual frameworks are important to ensure a clear underpinning research philosophy. Further, the use of conceptual frameworks can support structured research processes. Aim To present a partnership model for a reflective narrative for researcher and participant. Discussion This paper positions the underpinning philosophical framework of the model in social constructionism (the idea that jointly constructed understandings form the basis for shared assumptions) and narrative enquiry. The model has five stages - study design, invitation to share a research space and partnership, a metaphorical research space, building a community story, and reading the community story to others...
September 2016: Nurse Researcher
Lois Elaine Berry
Background Many nurse researchers have embraced narrative methods because of the power of the stories they produce. Narrative enquiry relies on stories for data. Stories are the tools with which people build a sense of their experience of the world and the vehicle by which they share that sense with others. In narrative research, it is essential to follow themes beyond individual stories through to analysis at the social level. The researcher must understand the significance of the narrative for others and for society...
September 2016: Nurse Researcher
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This text fulfils its aim to 'take the reader back to the roots of grounded theory' without compromising its three tenets: exploration, emergence and constant comparative analysis.
September 2016: Nurse Researcher
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Realistic advice and strategies are provided in this reader friendly book, which describes and sets out how students and scholars in psychology can become academic researchers.
September 2016: Nurse Researcher
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In the era of evidence-based care provision, nurses must be able to understand research language. This user-friendly reference book provides extremely accessible information for this purpose.
September 2016: Nurse Researcher
Elizabeth Halcomb, Kath Peters
Research would not be possible without participants. While this may seem like an obvious statement, all too often researchers underestimate the importance of the participants in their work, and the impact that researcher relationships can have on participation and data quality.
September 2016: Nurse Researcher
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The theme papers in this issue focus on engaging participants in research and the importance of considering their needs. Notwithstanding the importance of these issues for participants in research, the paper in this issue by Ramjan et al highlights the importance of also looking after the research team.
September 2016: Nurse Researcher
Maricris Algoso, Kath Peters, Lucie Ramjan, Leah East
BACKGROUND: In Australia, a significant percentage of bachelor of nursing students are employed in the aged care sector, or in aged care settings, as assistants in nursing (AINs) or personal care assistants. However the value of aged care in nursing education is often overlooked. AIM: To outline the adaptation and validation of a survey, originally developed for medical graduates, for use with nursing graduates. DISCUSSION: Adaptation of the instrument was undertaken as part of a doctoral study that aimed to explore whether employment as an undergraduate assistant in nursing (AIN) in aged care prepares new graduates for clinical work...
July 2016: Nurse Researcher
Susan Achora, Gerald Amandu Matua
AIM: To suggest important methodological considerations when using grounded theory. BACKGROUND: A research method widely used in nursing research is grounded theory, at the centre of which is theory construction. However, researchers still struggle with some of its methodological issues. DISCUSSION: Although grounded theory is widely used to study and explain issues in nursing practice, many researchers are still failing to adhere to its rigorous standards...
July 2016: Nurse Researcher
Elyce Green
BACKGROUND: There is a significant need for more nurses to enrol in doctoral studies and to improve attrition rates in these courses. It is therefore important that those who consider undertaking doctoral studies are prepared for the many challenges associated with pursuing a higher degree by research. AIM: To present a personal reflection of the first year of doctoral study to inform others about the challenges and joys associated with beginning a doctorate, as well as to demystify some of the challenges of studying a PhD, and to encourage nurses and other healthcare professionals to pursue a doctorate...
July 2016: Nurse Researcher
Elizabeth A Curtis, Catherine Comiskey, Orla Dempsey
BACKGROUND: The importance of correlational research has been reported in the literature yet few research texts discuss design in any detail. AIM: To discuss important issues and considerations in correlational research, and suggest ways to avert potential problems during the preparation and application of the design. DISCUSSION: This article targets the gap identified in the literature regarding correlational research design. Specifically, it discusses the importance and purpose of correlational research, its application, analysis and interpretation with contextualisations to nursing and health research...
July 2016: Nurse Researcher
Michelle Cleary, Garry Walter, Elizabeth Halcomb, Violeta Lopez
AIM: To discuss envy and jealousy and how their positive and negative aspects among nurse academics affect the workplace. BACKGROUND: In nursing academia, jealousy and envy are common emotions, engendered by demands for high productivity, intense competition for limited resources, preferences for particular assignments and opportunities for promotions. When these feelings are moderate and part of everyday rivalry, competition and ambition benefit the organisation...
July 2016: Nurse Researcher
Michelle Cleary, Jan Sayers, Roger Watson
BACKGROUND: Nursing research is fundamental to driving evidence-based practice and achieving safe outcomes for patients. Underpinning the discussion in this paper are nurse researchers who thought strategically during their undergraduate and postgraduate studies to build a body of credible research influencing patient outcomes and, in so doing, establish their careers. AIM: To provide an overview of some of the career essentials that support a transition in role for the beginner or emerging researcher, otherwise known as the early career researcher...
July 2016: Nurse Researcher
Lorna Moxham
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July 2016: Nurse Researcher
Liz Halcomb
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July 2016: Nurse Researcher
Cynthia Witney, Joyce Hendricks, Vicki Cope
BACKGROUND: Online communities are new sites for undertaking research, with their textual interactions providing a rich source of data in real time. 'Ethnonetnography' is a research methodology based on ethnography that can be used in these online communities. In this study, the researcher and a specialist breast care nurse (SBCN) were immersed in the online community, adding to patients' breast cancer care and providing a nursing research component to the community. AIM: To examine Kozinets' ( 2010 ) framework for ethnonetnography and how it may be varied for use in a purpose-built, disease-specific, online support community...
May 2016: Nurse Researcher
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