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Nursing Research Using Historical Methods

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Nursing Research Using Historical Methods

SKU# 9780826126177

Qualitative Designs and Methods in Nursing


  • Mary De Chesnay PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
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This is a concise, step-by-step guide to conducting qualitative nursing research using various forms of historical analysis. It is part of a unique series of books devoted to seven different qualitative designs and methods in nursing, written for both novice researchers and specialists seeking to develop or expand their competency. Historical research is a qualitative research method that systematically examines past events from existing documents or other data, or by interviewing individuals who lived through those events, in order to understand the past.

Written by a noted qualitative research scholar and contributing experts, the book describes the philosophical basis for conducting research using historical analysis and delivers an in-depth plan for applying its methodologies to a particular study, including appropriate methods, ethical considerations, and potential challenges. It presents practical strategies for solving problems related to the conduct of research using the various forms of analysis and presents a rich array of case examples from published nursing research. These include author analyses to support readers in decision making regarding their own projects. The book provides a variety of examples of historical method studies, on topics such as mental health research, working with Navajo communities, World War II evacuation nursing, and many others. Focused on the needs of both novice researchers and specialists, it will be of value to health institution research divisions, in-service educators and students, and graduate nursing educators and students.

Key Features:

  • Explains how to conduct nursing research using autobiography, biography, oral history, and document review
  • Presents state-of-the-art designs and protocols
  • Focuses on solving practical problems related to the conduct of research
  • Features rich nursing exemplars in a variety of health/mental health clinical settings in the United States and internationally

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 10, 2014
  • Page Count 240
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826126177
  • EISBN 9780826126184

Table of Contents 


Foreword Lynda P. Nauright, EdD, RN

Series Foreword



1 Learning the Historical Method: Step by Step

Sandra B. Lewenson and Annemarie McAllister

2 Essay on Sources

Patricia D'Antonio
Commentary: Interview With Dr. Barbra Mann Wall
Mary de Chesnay

3 Inside Track of Doing Historical Research: My Dissertation Story

Annemarie McAllister and Sandra B. Lewenson

4 History in the Making: Organizing a Nursing History Dissertation

Jeannine Uribe

5 Conducting Oral History Research in Community Mental Health Nursing

Geertje Boschma

6 Celluloid Angels: The Power of Stories

David Stanley

7 The Navajo Experience of Elizabeth Forster, Public Health Nurse

Mary Ann Ruffing-Rahal

8 Sojourner: Life Stories of a Global Health Nurse

Barbara A. Anderson

9 Aviation Pioneers: World War II Air Evacuation Nurses

Susan Y. Stevens
Commentary: History Through the Lens of a Nurse
Susan Y. Stevens

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