Doing phenomenological research collaboratively

McClunie-Trust, Patricia and Paton, Brenda and Martin, Sue and Weir, Norma (2004) Doing phenomenological research collaboratively. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 35 (4). pp. 176-181.

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Collaborative research between nurses employed in the academic and practice sectors is a cost-effective and innovative way to investigate aspects of clinical practice, articulate clinical and teaching expertise, and extend professional practice knowledge. In collaborative ventures, researchers from different institutional cultures often work together to investigate a particular area of interest. This poses challenges in relation to the perceptions, understandings, and interpretations of the research question and of the mode of inquiry, particularly when investigating through the qualitative paradigm. The purpose of this article is twofold. The first is to clarify some of the challenges experienced while conducting collaborative research and describe the steps taken to ensure consistency between the purpose of the research and the phenomenological research design used to explore the learning that nursing students acquire in their final clinical practicum. Second, it was thought that by illuminating this learning, registered nurses working as preceptors and those supporting new graduates could gain insight into the complexities of learning the skills of safe and competent practice from the student’s perspective. This insight is essential in creating a strategy between education and practice to minimize the duplication of learning opportunities and lessen the cost of supporting newly registered nurses, which may be at the expense of investment in the professional development of experienced registered nurses.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:collaborative research; phenomenological
Subjects:R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions:Schools > School of Health
ID Code:3
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