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Nursing Research Using Phenomenology: Qualitative Designs and Methods in Nursing

by Mary De Chesnay Springer Publishing Company
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Phenomenology is a descriptive approach to obtaining knowledge that focuses on capturing the essence of human experience through the point of view of a distinct individual. As a form of qualitative nursing research, it provides a perspective apart from that of empirical sciences which see the human mind and body as a physical-material object only open to study through empirical science and treatable through physical remedies. This "how-to" book for novice researchers and specialists alike describes the foundations of phenomenology and the specifics of how to conduct nursing research using phenomenological designs. It is part of an innovative series for novice researchers and specialists alike focusing on state-of-the art methodologies from a nursing perspective.

Authored by international scholars of qualitative nursing research, the book elucidates the theoretical rationale for using phenomenology, describes its components, and delineates a plan to conduct studies that includes appropriate methods, ethical considerations, and potential pitfalls. The book provides guidance for writing a research proposal that justifies the importance or potential impact of a study and describes how to conduct interviews that best elicit information. It focuses on achieving rigor in phenomenological research in regard to accuracy and replicability, and discusses different types of data collection and analysis and when to use them. Each chapter provides objectives, competencies, review questions, critical thinking exercises, and links to web resources. Appendices include a list of qualitative research journals, textbooks, and other resources for more in-depth study as well as examples of research proposals and interviewing techniques. The book will be of value to novice and experienced nurse researchers, graduate teachers and students, in-service educators and students, and nursing research staff at health care institutions.
Key Features:
•Comprises the first "how-to" guide to conducting qualitative phenomenological research from a nursing perspective
•Presents a comprehensive plan for conducting studies and appropriate measures, ethical considerations, and potential challenges
•Guides readers in writing a research proposal that justifies the importance or potential impact of a study
•Provides examples of interviews that best elicit information
•Written by international phenomenology scholars



Bios of Contributors

Foreword: Jeffrey McMurray


Prologue: Commonalities of Qualitative Research-Mary de Chesnay


Quote related to Ethnography

Chapter 1: Phenomenological Philosophy and Research

Tommie P. Nelms

Chapter 2: Nursing Research Using Phenomenological Designs

Mary de Chesnay

Chapter 3: Lessons from Phenomenological Studies

Marlene Z. Cohen and Barbara S. Fletcher

Chapter 4: Once Upon a Time: Exploring the Lived Experience of Prostitution through Narrative

Donna Sabella

Chapter 5: Kissing Frogs: Finding the Right Phenomenologist for Framing Qualitative Inquiry in Nursing

Rebecca Green

Chapter 6: The Value of Dialogue When Planning and Conducting Phenomenological Research: Reflections of a Dissertation Chair and Doctoral Student

Joan Such Lockhart and Lenore K. Resick

Chapter 7: Using Phenomenology as a Research Method in Community Based Research

Bonnie H. Bowie and Danuta Wojnar

Chapter 8: Being the Parent of an Infant with Colic: A Phenomenological Hermeneutic Perspective

Kajsa Landgren

Appendix A: List of Journals

Appendix B: Nelms' Essentials of Qualitative Proposals

Appendix C: Botorff's Writing Qualitative Proposals

Appendix D: de Chesnay's Outline of a Research Proposal

"Phenomenology recognizes that the work of a nurse is the work of an embodied subject, a feeling and knowing and experiencing person in relationship to another embodied subject, the patient, who is another feeling and knowing experiencing person. Phenomenology in nursing will be concerned with the subjective, living person in her or his lived body in the experience of health and illness-both nurse and patient. As such, it could have radical effects."

-Jeffrey McCurry, Director
Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Mary de Chesnay, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, is professor at Kennesaw State University, School of Nursing, Georgia. She has received 13 research grants and has authored two books: Sex Trafficking: A Clinical Guide for Nurses (Springer Publishing) and the AJN Book of the Year Award winner, Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice and Research, now in its third edition (with a fourth edition to be published in 2015). Dr. de Chesnay has published over 21 journal articles in Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Nursing Management, International Journal of Medicine and Law, and others. A former dean and endowed chair, she reviews for a variety of professional journals. Dr. de Chesnay is a noted expert on qualitative research and a founding member and first vice president of the Southern Nursing Research Society.