Nursing Research Using Phenomenology

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Nursing Research Using Phenomenology

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Qualitative Designs and Methods in Nursing


  • Mary De Chesnay PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

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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 and 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 illnessóboth nurse and patient. As such, it could have radical effects.

óJeffrey McCurry, Director, Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (From the Foreword)

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 physical or material objects open to study only through empirical science and treatable only through physical remedies. This "how-to" book 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. Appendices include a list of qualitative research journals, textbooks, and other resources for more in-depth study. Chapters provide helpful advice on interviewing and data analysis. 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 construction of a research proposal that justifies the importance or potential impact of a study
  • Provides examples of interviews that best elicit information

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 13, 2014
  • Page Count 220
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826126863
  • EISBN 9780826126870

Table of Contents 


Foreword Jeffrey McCurry, PhD

Series Foreword



1 Phenomenological Philosophy and Research

Tommie Nelms

2 Nursing Research Using Phenomenological Designs

Mary de Chesnay

3 Lessons From Phenomenological Studies

Marlene Z. Cohen and Barbara Swore Fletcher

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

Donna Sabella

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

Rebecca Green

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

7 Using Phenomenology as a Research Method in Community-Based Research

Bonnie H. Bowie and Danuta Wojnar

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

Kajsa Landgren

Appendix A List of Journals That Publish Qualitative Research

Mary de Chesnay

Appendix B Essential Elements for a Qualitative Proposal

Tommie Nelms

Appendix C Writing Qualitative Research Proposals

Joan L. Bottorff

Appendix D Outline for a Research Proposal

Mary de Chesnay