Clinical

Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.

Development and validation of a methodology to measure the time taken by hospital nurses to make vital signs observations

A methodology to measure time taken by hospital nurses to make vital signs observations

Development and validation of a methodology for observing time taken for vital signs

Bio-behavioural research in a rare disease population: a doctoral student’s experience

Bio-behavioural research in a rare disease population: a doctoral student’s experience

Why you should read this article: • To gain confidence in implementing a multi-site study as a novice researcher • To benefit from the ‘lessons learned’ in a bio-behavioural exploration study • To understand the special needs of child/parent dyad participants Background Novice researchers who aspire to contribute to the body of knowledge concerning rare diseases face unique challenges in developing and conducting studies. These include unknown effect sizes in previous research, limitations in recruitment and enrolment, and managing data from a multi-site sample. Aim To describe the challenges in researching rare diseases and possible solutions using a doctoral student exemplar from a cross-sectional correlational study of fatigue. Discussion The authors discuss the lessons learned from the study, including the challenges in recruitment, communication, collecting biological data and managing data in general. They posit possible solutions, including improving multi-site coordination, feasible methods for exploring sleep and stress, and measures to prevent equipment and data loss. Conclusion Rare populations, such as young survivors of childhood brain tumours, deserve a voice in building the body of knowledge needed for more precise, personalised healthcare. It is possible with foresight for the novice researcher to make such a contribution. Implications for practice Improved knowledge and assessment of symptoms during childhood will improve the detection of health risk factors and enable earlier intervention.

Using legitimation criteria to establish rigour in sequential mixed-methods research

Legitimation criteria enable researchers to maintain quality throughout their studies

Using exploratory factor analysis to define levels of ontology in critical realism

Using exploratory factor analysis to define levels of ontology in critical realism

How exploratory factor analysis can help define the domains of ontology in critical realism

Psychoanalytically informed research interviewing: notes on the free association...

How to carry out and analyse research interviews informed by psychoanalysis

How to synthesise original findings back into the literature: a reintroduction to concurrent analysis

How to synthesise original findings back into the literature

A reintroduction to concurrent analysis

The application and tailoring of Colaizzi’s phenomenological approach to a hospital setting

Application and tailoring of Colaizzi’s phenomenological approach to a hospital setting

Validating findings is an important part of research methodology

Exploring the challenges of using electronic health record systems in nursing research

Exploring the challenges of using electronic health record systems in nursing research

Consistent and comparable electronic health record systems are important

The conceptual framework and the iterative elements of doctoral nursing research design

The research design element should reflect the iterative reality of the process

Multi-ethnic environments

Constructivist grounded theory in mental-health recovery in multi-ethnic environments

CGT provides a flexible but systematic approach for multi-ethnic environments

Validity and reliability of the psychometric properties of a child abuse questionnaire

The tools used to examine this concept need to be reliable and valid

Use of focus group data from countries with linguistic differences: translation, analysis and presentation

Use of focus group data from countries with linguistic differences

Exploring contemporary examples of translating, analysing and presenting focus group data

Ethical considerations when conducting research with young people with disabilities

Ethical issues on access, recruitment, consent, anonymity, confidentiality and other issues

Using group concept mapping to explore the complexities of managing children’s care

The method can not only be appealing, but useful in aiding practice development

Ethical challenges in accessing participants at a research site

Background One of the main requirements of qualitative research is to obtain access to...

Conducting nursing research in low-and middle-income countries

A reflexive account using a case-study methodology of experiences, challenges and solutions

Why undertake a clinical academic internship? A novice researcher’s reflection

Research internships offer nurses insight and exposure to a wealth of research

Narrative research methods with vulnerable people: sharing insights

Producing well-told narratives can transform practice

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