Do not disturb - research in progress: the challenges of observing in a familiar clinical setting

Harris, Julie (2011) Do not disturb - research in progress: the challenges of observing in a familiar clinical setting. In: 6th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference 2011: Bridging the Gap Between Ideas and Doing Research, 4-8 Jul 2011, Armidale, Australia.

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This paper will report on the use of observation in a study that focused on the practice of administration of medication as a component of nursing care as guided by a set of standardised rules. The research was epistemologically located within an Interpretive Phenomenology framework. Observation, as a method of inquiry provides the 'on-looker' with closeness to the situation that may otherwise have been unavailable. During this study the researcher proposed a non-participant observation method to avoid interaction between the researcher and participants. However, there were times when engagement with the nurse, healthcare team or patients was unavoidable. This unexpected and uninvited contact impacted on the data collection. This paper presents the experience of the novice researcher and outlines the strategies used to gather data in patient care contexts where interruptions and distractions are unavoidable. The experience gained demonstrates the serendipity of surprise research journeys into nursing practice that qualitative approaches can offer.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2012 University of New England. All material is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for educational purposes as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2013 02:33
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2017 05:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: qualitative research; observation; medication; nurses
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences > 111504 Pharmaceutical Sciences
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences

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