Expanding Nursing Knowledge

2nd Edition

Understanding and Researching your own Practice

Author:

  • Gary Rolfe
    • Print ISBN 9780750630139

    Description

    In order to give fully holistic and individualized patient care the practitioner needs to constantly expand their knowledge-base. It is recognized that the value of scientific research alone is limited and it must be enhanced by knowledge gained through personal experience. This book will engage nurses and midwives in an exploration of their own clinical knowledge base and demonstrate how to expand it through reflection and practitioner-centred research.
    Clear explanations are given of the different types of knowledge practitioners possess and the book encourages them to consider the personal and experiential theory which informs their clinical decisions.

    Table of Contents

    PART ONE: Understanding Your Practice; Nursing Knowledge; Nursing and the scientific paradigm; The limitations of technical rationality; Beyond technical rationality - other ways of knowing; Notes to chapter 1; Professional Judgement; Developing personal theory; Personal theory and professional judgement; Notes to chapter 2; PART TWO: Researching Your Practice; A new Paradigm for the practitioner-researcher; Towards a new paradigm; Asking practitioner-centred research questions; Methodologies for practitioner-centred research; Summary; Notes to chapter 3; Single case experimental research; Background and rationale; Research questions; Methodology and research design; Data collection methods; Validity and reliability; Data analysis; Summary; Reflective case study research; Background and rationale; Research questions; Methodology and research design; Data collection methods; Validity and reliability; Data analysis; Summary; Notes to chapter 5; Reflexive action research; Background and rationale; Research questions; Methodology and research design; Data collection methods; Validity and reliability; Data analysis; Summary; Notes to chapter 6; Epilogue

    Details

    No. of pages:
    224
    Language:
    English
    Copyright:
    © 1998
    Published:
    Imprint:
    Butterworth-Heinemann
    Print ISBN:
    9780750630139

    About the author

    Gary Rolfe

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Principal Lecturer, School of Health Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK