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1st Edition

The Reality of Nursing Research
Politics, Practices and Processes

ISBN 9780415346283
Published July 25, 2006 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

Focusing on the nurse researcher's dual role as practitioner and researcher, as well as research ethics and the relationship between practitioner and academic agendas, The Reality of Nursing Research helps to:

  • locate the practical dilemmas of nursing research in historical and policy context
  • prepare those about to embark on research for some of the issues they will face
  • reassure researchers that they are not the only ones to encounter the complexity of real life research
  • support the research teacher or supervisor in preparing and mentoring their students
  • share experiences of others who have encountered similar issues and provide some practical advice on their solution.

With illustrative case studies and practical advice, this book looks at the real life dilemmas faced by nurse researchers at key stages of the research process from developing a research question through to disseminating the findings.  It is an essential text for nurse researchers, teachers of research, research supervisors and nurses undertaking research at diploma through to doctoral level.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Reality of Nursing Research: Historical and Political Context Introduction  1. Where Are We Now?  2. How Did We Get There?  3. Expectations of Research  4. The Research Field  5. The Continuum of Research Engagement  Part 2: The Reality of Nursing Research: Tales from the Field Introduction  6. Selecting a Topic  7. Negotiating a Proposal through Gate-Keeping Committees  8. Data Generation  9. Researching Practice, Service Delivery and Organization  10. Researching Your Own Clients/Students  11. Relationship with the Data (Analysis)  12. Relationship with Multidisciplinary Research Teams  13. Disseminating Research Findings 

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Davina Allen is Director of Research at Cardiff University. She has a background in adult nursing and sociology. Her research interests centre on the social organisation of healthcare work.

Patricia Lyne was formerly Professor of Nursing Research at Cardiff University. Originally a biochemist, she changed career after being inspired by the care she observed as a volunteer in terminal care. She has since sought to combine the insights of her scientific training with her understanding of health care and health systems to promote research and evidence based practice in nursing.


The authors expressed aims are to 'tell it as it is' to provide a 'critical analysis of the nursing research context' and ' to bring these two threads together in the form of practical advice to those embarking on the research journey for the first time' They have succeeded admirably.  Dr Christine Hallett, University of Manchester

The book is particularly helpful for those embarking on researching marginalised groups.  The complexity of lived experience is addressed clearly but without oversimplification. Gina Finnerty, University of Surrey UK