Telling stories: Using narrative as a research method

Jane Douglas, Sharon Bourgeois

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    The story presents us with more than just a way of organising and communicating a series of events; it offers those in the nursing profession - a profession steeped in story, a method of making sense and meaning of what they do and who they are. Every day, nurses listen to and tell stories to create coherence in a world that may otherwise be chaotic. The use of narrative offers an authentic approach to research in the discipline of nursing by connecting nurses to one another and to the greater narrative. This paper discusses the use of stories as an approach to research, by sharing one of the stories of an early career registered nurse to demonstrate the way reflecting on the story can transform perspectives and emancipate narrators and listeners from the confines of positivist approaches to research giving voice to those who may otherwise go unheard. This paper draws from a study investigating the experiences of early career registered nurses.
    Keywords; narrative, story telling, early career registered nurses
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication6th Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference (WNC 2018)
    PublisherGlobal Science and Technology Forum (GSTF)
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2018
    Event6th Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference: WNC 2018 - Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore, Singapore
    Duration: 23 Jun 201824 Jun 2018 (Program) (Conference website)


    Conference6th Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference
    Abbreviated titleThe Role of Nursing in Leading and Advancing Global Health
    OtherNursing practice is both a science and an art. It requires scientific skill yet demands a strong background in the social sciences and humanities. Nursing makes a significant contribution to the health maintenance, health promotion and well-being of individuals, local communities and populations. A major challenge for current and future nursing practice, education and management is to address health for all and work towards equity and access to health care. Worldwide Nursing Conference aims to explore advances in nursing practice, management and education in relation to health disparities as well as a breadth of other topics. Worldwide Nursing Conference (WNC) will provide an opportunity for nursing practitioners and educators to exchange research evidence, models of best practice and innovative ideas.
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