Major Article 

Mentoring Doctoral Students for Qualitative Research: Interviews With Experienced Nursing Faculty in Japan

Mami Kayama, PhD, RN; Misuzu F. Gregg, PhD, RN; Kiyomi Asahara, PhD, RN; Noriko Yamamoto-Mitani, PhD, RN; Keiko Okuma, MSN, RN; Kikuko Ohta, PhD, RN; Yasuhito Kinoshita, PhD

  • Journal of Nursing Education
  • May 2013 - Volume 52 · Issue 5: 283-289
  • DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20130320-02


This study aimed to describe the process of mentoring doctoral students for qualitative research in Japanese graduate programs in nursing. Nine experienced faculty—seven nurse researchers and two sociologists—were interviewed. Participants were asked about their process of mentoring students for qualitative nursing dissertations. Data analysis was conducted using a qualitative descriptive method. Participants’ age ranged from 48 to 60 years. The first theme in the mentoring process is about the individualized, one-on-one mentorship process. The second theme occurs in a group process. The third theme is coordinating mentors and establishing a network to support the evaluation system. The mentoring processes identified in this study will be useful for future faculty development. The study elucidated much room for improvement in doctoral education programs for qualitative research methods in nursing science. [J Nurs Educ. 2013;52(5):283–289.]

Dr. Kayama is Professor, Department of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Dr. Asahara is Professor, Department of Community Health Nursing, and Ms. Okuma is doctoral student, St. Luke’s College of Nursing, Chuo Ward, Tokyo; Dr. Gregg is Professor, Department of Nursing, Kobe City College of Nursing, Kobe City, Hyogo; Dr. Yamamoto-Mitani is Professor, Department of Adult/Palliative Care Nursing, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo; Dr. Ohta is Professor, Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care, Keio University, Fujisawa, Kanagawa; and Dr. Kinoshita is Professor, Faculty of Sociology, Rikkyo University, Toshima Ward, Tokyo, Japan.

This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Address correspondence to Mami Kayama, PhD, RN, Professor, Department of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, St. Luke’s College of Nursing, 10-1 Akashi-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0044, Japan; e-mail:

Received: June 08, 2012
Accepted: November 28, 2012
Posted Online: March 20, 2013



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