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Split personalities: role conflict between the nurse and the nurse researcher

Split personalities: role conflict between the nurse and the nurse researcher
Split personalities: role conflict between the nurse and the nurse researcher
This paper is a personal account of the nurse-nurse researcher role conflict encountered while conducting a qualitative research study. Difficulties in the transition from a clinical post to a nurse researcher role are described and the experiences of other authors dealing with such a role change are used to illustrate potential resolutions. An understanding of the concept of reflexivity is offered and a description of how this can be applied to consider the impact of ‘the self’ on the research. The paper suggests a solution to the well-known role conflict encountered by nurse researchers: including the nurse in the process of research, and being confident about taking a personal investigative approach. It is argued that drawing on the interactive skills of the nurse can benefit and not detract from the research process.
role conflict, reflexivity, reflection, research persona, professional socialisation
297-304
Colbourne, L.
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Sque, M.
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Colbourne, L.
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Sque, M.
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Colbourne, L. and Sque, M. (2004) Split personalities: role conflict between the nurse and the nurse researcher. Journal of Research in Nursing, 9 (4), 297-304. (doi:10.1177/136140960400900410).

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This paper is a personal account of the nurse-nurse researcher role conflict encountered while conducting a qualitative research study. Difficulties in the transition from a clinical post to a nurse researcher role are described and the experiences of other authors dealing with such a role change are used to illustrate potential resolutions. An understanding of the concept of reflexivity is offered and a description of how this can be applied to consider the impact of ‘the self’ on the research. The paper suggests a solution to the well-known role conflict encountered by nurse researchers: including the nurse in the process of research, and being confident about taking a personal investigative approach. It is argued that drawing on the interactive skills of the nurse can benefit and not detract from the research process.

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Published date: 2004
Keywords: role conflict, reflexivity, reflection, research persona, professional socialisation

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Local EPrints ID: 12574
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/12574
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Date deposited: 01 Jan 2005
Last modified: 21 Jul 2020 16:47

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Author: L. Colbourne
Author: M. Sque

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