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


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