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Action Research for Nurses



November 2015 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Nurses work in complex situations with daily challenges, where the needs of each patient represent unique demands. Action research helps nurses to investigate their practices as reflective practitioners, allowing them to ask ‘What is going on? How do we understand the existing situation? How do we improve it?’

 This book supports nurses in investigating their own professional practices in order to develop the new insights and approaches:

·         embodying holistic perspectives in dialogical and relational forms of individual and organisational learning,

·         equal emphasis on processes and outcomes;

·         welcoming all participants’ contributions , and listening to all voices;

·         developing a patient-centred focus where people are involved in their own healing;

·         building communities of enquiring practices.

 This book is intended for undergraduate student nurses, qualified practising nurses in clinical settings who may or may not be engaged in formal professional education courses and nurse educators and managers.

 
PART 1: WHAT IS ACTION RESEARCH? WHAT IS ITS RELEVANCE TO NURSING?
 
Chapter 1: What do you need to know about action research?
 
Chapter 2: Why should nurses do action research?
 
Chapter 3: Ethical issues
 
PART 2: HOW DO YOU DO ACTION RESEARCH?
 
Chapter 4: Planning and designing action research
 
Chapter 5: Drawing up and carrying out action plans
 
Chapter 6: Monitoring practices and gathering data
 
Chapter 7: Monitoring practices and gathering data
 
PART 3: SIGNIFICANCE OF YOUR ACTION RESEARCH
 
Chapter 8: Writing up your action research
 
Chapter 9: The significance of your action research

In our evidence-led culture, this is a research text with a difference. By helping nurses to research their own practice and generate their own evidence, this gently subversive book attempts to restore professional power to practising nurses. 

 

Gary Rolfe
Emeritus Professor, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

Action research links well to health promotion within the Making Every Contact Count strategy: this book is very useful for reviewing current practice as well as improving understanding of methodological issues when conducting research

Mrs Michele Ponting
Access to Higher Education, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
May 15, 2018

Peter McDonnell

Jean McNiff

Jean McNiff is Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, UK. She is also a Visiting Professor at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, and at the Beijing Normal University and Ningxia Teachers’ University, People’s Republic of China. Jean took early retirement from her position as deputy head teacher of a large secondary school in Dorset, UK. She went into business for herself, and developed her writing. Her textbooks on action research and professional education are now used internationally on workplace-based professional education courses and on higher degree courses. Jean provides interdisciplinary consultancy work... More About Author

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