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The increasing credibility of qualitative approaches for research in nursing has opened up new debates about methodology and rigour Traditionally, qualitative methods have been scrutinized using some criteria that are more pertinent for quantitative research The transition to a more subjective, reflexive approach to nursing research may be painful, but brings benefits With the loss of scientific rigour comes the gain of eliciting true meaning, by recreating the experiences of others through co-operative enquiry An openly subjective approach allows the researcher to be a real partner with informants, and to openly use her own experiences and reflections in order to uncover valuable meaning and to find a different type of objectivity This paper explores some of the issues that are of concern and some of the benefits that may result from an openly subjective approach in qualitative nursing research