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Tales from the field: what the nursing research textbooks will not tell you
Applied Nursing Research
  • Marianne Smith, University of Iowa
  • Kathleen C. Buckwalter, University of Iowa
  • H. Kang
  • S. K. Schultz
  • V. Ellingrod
Document Type
Peer Reviewed
Publication Date
NLM Title Abbreviation
Appl Nurs Res
PubMed ID
DOI of Published Version
The process of conducting nursing research can be far more complicated than what is described in nursing textbooks, particularly when the investigation is conducted in a new and unfamiliar care setting. This article describes a number of unexpected events and outcomes associated with implementing what was considered, at the onset, a well-designed research study under the leadership of experienced investigators. Lessons learned, which are believed to be valuable to both neophyte and seasoned researchers, are reviewed.
  • Clinical Nursing Research/methods,
  • Data Collection/methods,
  • Dementia/nursing,
  • Feasibility Studies,
  • Humans,
  • Textbooks as Topic
Published Article/Book Citation
Applied Nursing Research, 21:4 (2008) pp.232-236. DOI:10.1016/j.apnr.2006.10.006.
Citation Information
Marianne Smith, Kathleen C. Buckwalter, H. Kang, S. K. Schultz, et al.. "Tales from the field: what the nursing research textbooks will not tell you" Applied Nursing Research Vol. 21 Iss. 4 (2008) p. 232 - 236 ISSN: 1532-8201
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