2002 Research Study: An Emancipatory Study of Nursing Practice
The general purposes of this study were to 1) elicit significant stories that reveal what it is like to practice nursing today, and 2) to awaken an emancipatory response that can shape the future of nursing.
The specific research purposes were to:
- Explore nurses perceptions of the circumstances of their work life through stories that reveal deep meanings concerning the practice of nursing in today’s context; and
- Describe the processes by which nurses conceive of and create change in these circumstances.
We are a group of nurses who teach nursing in various Universities. We also each have different kinds of connections to nursing practice. You can click on the highlighted names to learn more about who we are, and what we do in our teaching and our practice (more name highlights to come). If you have questions about the study, you will see our e-mail addresses below; please send any of us an e-mail message at any time. The team of researchers included:
- Peggy L. Chinn, RN, PhD, FAAN, at the University of Connecticut (USA). Peggy is the coordinator, and all requirements for human rights approval have been met through the University of Connecticut.
- W. Richard Cowling, RN, PhD, at Virginia Commonwealth University (USA).
- Sue Hagedorn, RN, PhD, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Marlaine Smith, RN, PhD, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (USA).
- Adeline Rafael, RN, PhD, Western Ontario University (Canada).
- Elizabeth Berrey, PhD, RN, MedCentral College of Nursing (Ohio, USA).
- Carey Clark, RN, MSN, PhD. San Francisco State University.
This is the proposal approved by the University of Connecticut IRB. It includes a description of the method. See pdf file of proposal.
Reflections by Adeline Falk-Rafael
"Reflections" is a fictionalized story is drawn from 13 of the stories submitted for the study.
13 Stanzas by Marlaine Smith
Marlaine Smith composed poetic stanzas inspired by each of the 13 stories submitted for the study.
Nurse 65X89 by Carey Clark
A fantasy tale that takes the reader into the realm of a nurse's reality!
Art by Richard Cowling