An ethnographic study of nurses’ experience with nursing research and its integration in practice
Article first published online: 3 MAR 2014
© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 70, Issue 9, pages 2128–2139, September 2014
How to Cite
2014) An ethnographic study of nurses’ experience with nursing research and its integration in practice. Journal of Advanced Nursing 70(9), 2128–2139. doi: 10.1111/jan.12371, , & (
- Issue published online: 11 AUG 2014
- Article first published online: 3 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 JAN 2014
- French Ministry of Health. Grant Number: PHRI 1001
- Programme Hospitalier de Recherche Infirmiíre. Grant Number: 2010
- evidence-based practice;
- field notes;
- participant observations;
- qualitative research.
To report from a study aimed at illuminating how French Registered Nurses experience and engage in nursing research in clinical practice.
Nursing research in France is mainly conducted by nurses working at clinical research units rather than by dedicated nurse researchers. Education, i.e. advanced degrees, in the field of nursing research is still in its infancy and not yet consistent with the international context. Outside France, the general perception is that nursing research is a unified part of professional nursing. Consequently, in-depth knowledge about how nurses in a French clinical context might experience and engage in nursing research is still lacking.
The design of this study was influenced by an ethnographic approach as described by the French anthropologists Beaud and Weber.
Data, participatory observations, field notes and interviews (n = 6) were collected in a teaching hospital between April–August 2012. The field consisted of a wound-care unit and clinical research units. Collected data were analysed based on Beaud and Weber's description of analysis.
Three beliefs were identified: being a unified part of a research team, being an integral part of ‘crosswise – across’ activities and being part of research activities.
Conclusion/Implication for research
Commitment to nursing research was strengthened by patient-related issues. Based on this context, nursing research would likely benefit from the support of a naturalized reciprocity between clinical practice and research.