Elizabeth Halcomb

Peer review: how to do it well

Tips for peer reviewers to ensure they can influence what is published

Students sharing research

Methodological issues and methods in doctoral studies: tips and advice for success

Advice on a good basis for sound nurse research

Using naturalistic inquiry to inform qualitative description

Using naturalistic inquiry to inform qualitative description

Researchers need to undertake research that resonates with their beliefs, values and purpose

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Strategies for becoming a successful writer

Many experience writing challenges, but there are techniques and strategies that can help you

Nursing research contributes to policy, education and practice, so shout about it

Nurse have a key role in ensuring the community understands the impact of nursing research


COVID-19: research students need support to tackle the uncertainties caused by pandemic

Doctoral candidates face an unclear future, not least in their capacity to complete projects

Picture shows a woman using a computer and writing in a notebook.  Liz Halcomb, editor of Nurse Researcher, lists five reasons why it is worth taking the extra step of publishing work about your methodology or research methods.

How you can help other researchers to expand their thinking

Why not take the extra step of publishing work about your methodology or research methods

After the hard work of research, make sure your findings reach the people you need

Failing to properly disseminate your research could be a big mistake, explains Liz Halcomb

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Conducting research into end of life care

What to consider when undertaking research with vulnerable participants

Collecting data in research

How careful planning can ensure fewer problems are encountered in data collection

Strategies for using non-participatory video research methods in general practice

Strategies for using non-participatory video research methods in general practice

Each stage stage needs consideration, particularly its preparation and when collecting data

A study exploring the protean responses of nurses transitioning to primary healthcare

Background Healthcare systems are faced with changing community health profiles and ageing populations. Together with economic considerations, these factors have influenced the increase in provision of care in primary rather than other healthcare settings. Many nurses are electing to move from acute care to meet demands for a skilled primary healthcare workforce. However, little is reported about these nurses’ experiences of transition. Aim To describe how role theory provides a theoretical framework to inform the design of a mixed-methods study exploring the transition of acute care nurses to roles in primary health care. Discussion The paper explores the relevance of role theory and its components as a validated framework for informing the design of the quantitative and qualitative components of the study. The methodology consisted of a national survey of recently transitioned nurses, with questions that explored experiences of nurses in relation to role exit, role entry, role enactment, role ambiguity, role stress, role strain and rites of passage. The qualitative component of the study incorporated semi-structured interviews with selected participants to further explore aspects of the transition. Conclusion There are few published reports on the value of theoretical frameworks in the design of nursing research. This paper describes one example of the value of selecting an appropriate theoretical framework for a national study of experiences of transition. Implications for practice Nurses transitioning between clinical settings experience a range of personal and professional challenges. Role theory provides a valuable framework which is applicable to qualitative and quantitative research into these experiences.

An exemplar of naturalistic inquiry in general practice research

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Reviewers needed: apply here

Peer review is an essential task in the professional publishing process. Reviewers provide a...