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Glaserian Grounded Theory in Nursing Research: Trusting Emergence

by Barbara Artinian, Tove Giske and Pamela Cone Springer Publishing Company
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This book provides an overview of Glaserian grounded theory and its application to nursing research. It is easy to understand and should serve as a good reference for anyone using grounded theory method." Score: 93, 4 stars


This book illustrates the development of the Grounded Theory (GT) method as applied to nursing research. Initially developed by Glaser & Strauss (1967), and further described by Glaser in Theoretical Sensitivity (1978), this groundbreaking research method proposes that the first step is to collect data, and subsequently generate the theory that emerges from that data. In essence, this method allows theory to capture experience.

The authors present an engaging overview of the GT method, followed by examples of early modes of GT studies. The book focuses on how novice researchers, working at the descriptive level, can apply GT to their nursing research with sensitivity to emerging theoretical codes.

Key Features:

  • Guidelines for using Glaserian grounded theory in nursing research
  • Readable research designs suitable for novice researchers
  • Techniques of conceptual mapping to assist in the analytical process
  • Use of emergent theoretical codes to enhance and integrate descriptive theory
  • Testing of completed research in intervention programs in clinical practice
  • Supplementary online materials with definitions of the different modes of GT, a presentation of the Intersystem Model, and more

PART I: THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS Introduction: Barbara M. Artinian 1 An Overview of Glaserian Grounded Theory 2 Experiences in Developing Grounded TheoryThrough Emergence 3 Conceptual Mapping as an Aid to GroundedTheory Development 4 Bending the Directives of Glaserian GroundedTheory in Nursing Research 5 Learning Glaserian Grounded Theory by Doing It 6 Learning Glaserian Grounded Theory ThroughMentoring and Scholarly Dialogue PART II: STUDIES USING EARLY MODESOF GROUNDED THEORY Introduction: Barbara M. ArtinianSECTION 1: DESCRIPTIVE MODE Introduction: Barbara M. Artinian 7 Preparative Waiting: Patients Hospitalized forDiagnostic Workups 8 Caregiving Behaviors of Intrapartum Nurses SECTION 2: GERUND MODE: BASIC SOCIAL PROCESS Introduction: Barbara M. Artinian 9 Letting Go: The Experience of Dying FromCancer in Young Middle Age 10 Moving On: A Study of Male Novice Nurses in theCritical Care Unit 1 SECTION 3: EMERGENT FIT MODE Introduction: Barbara M. Artinian 11 Nurturing Hope in Patients With Cancer 12 Partnering With God and the Patient PART III: STUDIES WITH EMERGENT THEORETICAL CODES:THEORETICAL CODE MODE Introduction: Barbara M. Artinian SECTION 1: STRATEGIZING Introduction: Barbara M. Artinian 13 Strategizing Safety by Perinatal Patients in a Rural Setting 14 Remodeling the Course of Life: Moving On in a Changed Life SECTION 2: CUTTING POINT Introduction: Barbara M. Artinian 15 Justifying Coercion 16 Regaining Control: Managing Changes in ChronicObstructive Pulmonary Disease SECTION 3: AMPLIFYING CAUSAL LOOPS Introduction: Barbara M. Artinian 17 Mutuality: Reconnecting to Overcome Homelessness 18 Risking Involvement With Cancer Patients Barbara M. Artinian SECTION 4: ROLE THEORY Introduction: Barbara M. Artinian 19 Preserving Identity in a Nursing Home Setting 20 Positioning in Operational Space: How to Becomea Public Health Nurse in Norway SECTION 5: BALANCING Introduction: Barbara M. Artinian 21 Patterns of Balancing Between Hope and Despair inthe Diagnostic Phase on a Gastroenterology Ward 22 Bending Expectations by Spouses of Dialysis Patients:Balancing Between Alternatives PART IV: THE INTERVENTION MODE Introduction: Barbara M. Artinian 23 An Intervention Study of Preparative WaitingTheory in a Hospital Unit 24 An Intervention Program Using Remodeling the Course ofLife Theory Among Persons With Multiple Sclerosis 25 Implementing Conquering Operational SpaceTheory in Educational Practice 26 Implementing Reconnecting Theory in Community Practice

Barbara M. Artinian, PhD, RN is professor emeritus in the School of Nursing, Azusa Pacific University. She has taught courses in community health nursing, family theory, nursing theory, and qualitative research methodology. For about 7 years she conducted the Spiritual Care Research Institute that was held in collaboration with Azusa Pacific University and Nurses Christian Fellowship. Doctoral and masters level students attended the Institute and through it she became methodologist for three doctoral students who report their research in this book. She has written a nursing model, the Artinian Intersystem Model, which is used internationally. Tove Giske, PhD, MSN, RN, is currently an Associate Professor at Haraldsplass Diaconal Hogskole (HDH), the University College where she has taught nursing for over a decade. She holds a joint position as the Director of Research at both HDH and Haraldsplass Diaconal Hospital, a sister institution of the Nursing University College. Dr. Giske received her BSN from Betanien Diakonale Hogskole in Bergen, Norway, and both her MSN and PhD from the University of Bergen where she conducted a Glaserian Grounded Theory (GT) doctoral study with patients having diagnostic studies in a gastro-enterology ward. Her dissertation, Preparative Waiting, examined the experiences of these patients as they tried to strategically balance their anxiety and hope during the long wait for a final diagnosis. Born and raised on Giske Island on the west coast of Norway, Dr. Giske has long been interested in spiritual care giving. Currently the Vice President of Nurses Christian Fellowship International, she has been an active member of KFSS, the Norwegian branch of NCF. She is also Editor of the Journal of Profession and Faith, sponsored by KFSS. A vital part of the Spiritual Care Network of nurse scholars, she became a friend and colleague of both Dr. Artinian and Dr. Cone through the Spiritual Care Research Institute of 2001. Her continued interest in spiritual care research prompted her to join Dr. Cone as co-investigator on the spiritual care Fulbright research project in the Fall of 2008. In addition, Dr. Giske is an active member of the Bergen GT Group of research scholars. Pamela H. Cone, PhD, MSN, RN, CNS, received her BSN from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, WV and her MSN from Azusa Pacific University (APU). Currently an Assistant Professor, she has been teacning nursing at APU for seventeen years. Born and raised in Haiti Dr. Cone has an interest in people and cultures around the world. This has enabled her to successfully promote international experiences for nursing students at APU. In 2006 Dr. Cone received her PhD from the University of California, San Francisco. Her doctoral dissertation was based on a Glaserian Grounded Theory (GT) study with formerly homeless mothers in the Pacific Southwest of the US, and she continues to have an interest in vulnerable populations such as the homeless and immigrants. Her interest in spiritual care research goes back to a master's program completed in 1994. Since then she participated in an ongoing study on spiritual care for 7 years and remains an active member of an international network of nursing scholars who conduct research in this domain. In August of 2008, Dr. Cone received a Fulbright Scholar award that enabled her to conduct a six-month study requested by Norwegian nursing educators on how well their programs are preparing nurses to provide spiritual care. Her collaboration with Dr. Artinian dates from a qualitative research class in 1992. Dr. Tove Giske became a friend and colleague through the Spiritual Care Research Institutes, and together they remain actively involved in spiritual care research and part of the Bergen GT group of researchers.