Nursing research: a position paper


  • J. Greenwood SRN SCM DN RNT DipEd MEd

    1. Lecturer in Nursing, School of Health and Applied Sciences, Leeds Polytechnic, Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3HE
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It is argued herein that orthodox approaches to nursing research reflect a fundamental misunderstanding concerning the nature of nursing, a misunderstanding that results in the production of findings that are perceived as irrelevant to clinical practice. The reasons for this are analysed and two specific research monographs, Hayward (1975) and Ogier (1982) are criticized where appropriate in order to illuminate the analysis. Nursing is explicated as a social phenomenon and practice discipline and the peculiar suitability of action research to its investigation is demonstrated.