Do not disturb - research in progress: the challenges of observing in a familiar clinical setting

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Harris, Julie. 2011. "Do not disturb - research in progress: the challenges of observing in a familiar clinical setting." 6th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference 2011: Bridging the Gap Between Ideas and Doing Research. Armidale, Australia 04 - 08 Jul 2011 Armidale, Australia.
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Do not disturb - research in progress: the challenges of observing in a familiar clinical setting

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AuthorHarris, Julie
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 6th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference 2011
ERA Conference ID60349
Number of Pages12
Year2011
Place of PublicationArmidale, Australia
ISBN1921208244
Conference/Event6th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference 2011: Bridging the Gap Between Ideas and Doing Research
Inaugural Postgraduate Research Conference: Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research
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6th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference 2011: Bridging the Gap Between Ideas and Doing Research
Event Date
04 to end of 08 Jul 2011
Event Location
Armidale, Australia
Event Details
Inaugural Postgraduate Research Conference: Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research
Abstract

This paper will report on the use of observation in a study that focused on the practice of administration of medication as a component of nursing care as guided by a set of standardised rules. The research was epistemologically located within an Interpretive Phenomenology framework. Observation, as a method of inquiry provides the 'on-looker' with closeness to the situation that may otherwise have been unavailable. During this study the researcher proposed a non-participant observation method to avoid interaction between the researcher and participants. However, there were times when engagement with the nurse, healthcare team or patients was unavoidable. This unexpected and uninvited contact impacted on the data collection. This paper presents the experience of the novice researcher and outlines the strategies used to gather data in patient care contexts where interruptions and distractions are unavoidable. The experience gained demonstrates the serendipity of surprise research journeys into nursing practice that qualitative approaches can offer.

Keywordsqualitative research; observation; medication; nurses
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020321405. Pharmaceutical sciences
420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
520105. Psychological methodology, design and analysis
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of New England
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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