Journal of Nursing Education

Research Briefs 

Using the Interpretive Narrative Research Method in Interdisciplinary Research Projects

Laura McQueen, PhD, APRN, BC; Lynn Zimmerman, PhD

Abstract

Researchers from different disciplines bring to a project their different perspectives of the research problem. Differences in education, experiences, and understanding create a research project that has more depth and breadth than one designed by researchers from a single discipline. The purpose of this article is to describe how faculty from two disciplines, nursing and education, used the interpretive narrative method, a qualitative research method, in a pilot project to examine issues related to the recruitment and retention of Hispanic nurses. The researchers chose the interpretive narrative method for the flexibility it offers interdisciplinary research, its power in eliciting comprehensive narratives from participants, and the possibilities it offers for analysis.

AUTHORS

Received: October 23, 2004

Accepted: April 1, 2005

Dr. McQueen is Assistant Professor of Nursing, North Carolina A&T State University, School of Nursing, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Dr. Zimmerman is Associate Professor, Education, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana.

Address correspondence to Laura McQueen, PhD, APRN, BC, Assistant Professor of Nursing, North Carolina A&T State University, School of Nursing, 1601 East Market Street, Noble Hall, Greensboro, NC 27411; e-mail: llmcquee@ncat.edu.

Abstract

Researchers from different disciplines bring to a project their different perspectives of the research problem. Differences in education, experiences, and understanding create a research project that has more depth and breadth than one designed by researchers from a single discipline. The purpose of this article is to describe how faculty from two disciplines, nursing and education, used the interpretive narrative method, a qualitative research method, in a pilot project to examine issues related to the recruitment and retention of Hispanic nurses. The researchers chose the interpretive narrative method for the flexibility it offers interdisciplinary research, its power in eliciting comprehensive narratives from participants, and the possibilities it offers for analysis.

AUTHORS

Received: October 23, 2004

Accepted: April 1, 2005

Dr. McQueen is Assistant Professor of Nursing, North Carolina A&T State University, School of Nursing, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Dr. Zimmerman is Associate Professor, Education, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana.

Address correspondence to Laura McQueen, PhD, APRN, BC, Assistant Professor of Nursing, North Carolina A&T State University, School of Nursing, 1601 East Market Street, Noble Hall, Greensboro, NC 27411; e-mail: llmcquee@ncat.edu.

ABSTRACT

Researchers from different disciplines bring to a project their different perspectives of the research problem. Differences in education, experiences, and understanding create a research project that has more depth and breadth than one designed by researchers from a single discipline. The purpose of this article is to describe how faculty from two disciplines, nursing and education, used the interpretive narrative method, a qualitative research method, in a pilot project to examine issues related to the recruitment and retention of Hispanic nurses. The researchers chose the interpretive narrative method for the flexibility it offers interdisciplinary research, its power in eliciting comprehensive narratives from participants, and the possibilities it offers for analysis.

AUTHORS

Received: October 23, 2004

Accepted: April 1, 2005

Dr. McQueen is Assistant Professor of Nursing, North Carolina A&T State University, School of Nursing, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Dr. Zimmerman is Associate Professor, Education, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana.

Address correspondence to Laura McQueen, PhD, APRN, BC, Assistant Professor of Nursing, North Carolina A&T State University, School of Nursing, 1601 East Market Street, Noble Hall, Greensboro, NC 27411; e-mail: llmcquee@ncat.edu.

10.3928/01484834-20061101-09

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