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Insider ethnography: tinker, tailor, researcher or spy?

01 July 2007

Nurse Researcher


Maxine Simmons reflects on her experiences as an ‘insider’ ethnographer – a senior manager undertaking research with nurse consultants within her own employing...

Managing conflict in the care of older people

24 July 2008

Nursing Older People


This article offers a case study skill analysis of conflict management as it applies to the care of older people and assists the reader to conduct a similar review...

Evaluation of safewards in forensic mental health

10 May 2016

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Background Safewards is a multicomponent, evidence-based conflict and containment reduction intervention that has demonstrated effectiveness in general acute mental...

Reducing conflict on wards by improving team communication

11 February 2013

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Aggression in healthcare settings is a significant problem for patients and staff teams. The acute inpatient ward is no exception, especially when the conflict is in...

Nursing in the world’s war zones

25 June 2012

Nursing Management


This article describes the difficult decisions faced by healthcare workers providing treatment in conflict areas to civilians as well as combatants. While...

A study exploring the protean responses of nurses transitioning to primary healthcare

23 January 2017

Nurse Researcher

Evidence & practice

Background Healthcare systems are faced with changing community health profiles and ageing populations. Together with economic considerations, these factors have...

Researcher or nurse? Difficulties of undertaking semi-structured interviews on sensitive topics

24 September 2014

Nurse Researcher

Role conflict

Aim To reflect on the author’s personal and professional journey when undertaking semi-structured interviews on sensitive topics with potentially vulnerable people....

Role conflict: appropriateness of a nurse researcher’s actions in the clinical field

01 April 2005

Nurse Researcher


This study aimed to judge the appropriateness of a particular nurse researcher’s actions in a vignette from the clinical field, and to explore frameworks used to...

Deciding on a mixed-methods design in a doctoral study

22 October 2010

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

Research in social science, including nursing, can be broadly split into two main types, qualitative and quantitative. Each has strengths and weaknesses. In some...

Tensions within management roles in healthcare organisations

Nursing Management

evidence & practice

Aim Aim This article reports the results of a study that gives an insight into ward leaders' perspectives of their leadership role and explores how they deliver...