Once considered to be a lesser pedagogical method, the case study is indeed a powerful, in-depth tool with which to examine evidence-based practice around patient care, family dynamics, professional roles, and organizational systems. Here is a unique ""how-to"" guide to conducting research using case studies. Focusing on leading and newer methodologies, the text describes the philosophical basis and state of the art for using this qualitative method. The peer-reviewed designs (including interviews, physiological measurements, psychological tests, and analysis of patients' diaries and journals) are accompanied by an in-depth research plan, a discussion of appropriate methods, and ethical considerations. The text provides clear directives - bolstered by nursing examples - on how to solve practical problems a researcher may encounter.Examples from international scholars who have published research using case studies are included along with coaching designed to support the new researcher in making decisions and facing challenges. Also included are book and chapter objectives, competencies, review questions, critical thinking exercises, and web links to additional information. The text is part of a series of eight concise volumes addressing a variety of methods for conducting qualitative research. Conceived and edited by a noted expert in qualitative research, the book is designed for both novice and practicing researchers seeking to develop or expand their competency, health institution research divisions, in-service educators and students, and graduate nursing educators and students.Key Features:Explains clearly and concisely how to conduct research using case studiesReviews the philosophical basis for using case studiesFocuses on solving practical problems related to conducting researchOffers rich nursing exemplars and coaching from international health/mental health contributorsIncludes objectives, critical thinking exercises, competencies, resources, and review material for each book.
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Mary de Chesnay, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, is Professor at, and former Director of, Kennesaw State University, School of Nursing, GA. Previous appointments include Interim Director, KSU Clinics at MUST Ministries, GA; Acting Dean, Seattle University, College of Nursing, where she also held an Endowed Chair as Professor; Professor and Dean, Duquesne University, School of Nursing, where she also served as First Chair; Psychiatric Health Division Program and Interim Director, Center for International Nursing; and Professor and Chair, Department of Research, Clemson University, School of Nursing. She has received 13 research grants and has authored twobooks: Sex Trafficking: A Clinical Guide for Nurses (Springer Publishing) and the AJN Book of the Year Award winner, Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice and Research, now in its 3rd edition. Dr. de Chesnay has published 21 journal articles in Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Nursing Management, International Journal of Medicine & Law, and others. She isformer member, Editorial Board, Dimensions in Psychiatric Nursing, Advanced Practice in Nursing Quarterly, andAdvances in Nursing Science. Currently she is a reviewer for American Journal of Nursing, Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Advances in Nursing Science, and Journal of Professional Nursing. Dr. de Chesnay is a noted expert on qualitative research and a founding member and first VP of the Southern Nursing Research Society.
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