Nurses work in complex situations with daily challenges, where the needs of each patient represent unique demands. Action research helps nurses to investigate their practices as reflective practitioners, allowing them to ask ‘What is going on? How do we understand the existing situation? How do we improve it?’ This book supports nurses in investigating their own professional practices in order to develop the new insights and approaches:  • embodying holistic perspectives in dialogical and relational forms of individual and organisational learning,  • equal emphasis on processes and outcomes;  • welcoming all participants’ contributions, and listening to all voices;  • developing a patient-centred focus where people are involved in their own healing;  •  building communities of enquiring practices. This book is intended for undergraduate student nurses, qualified practising nurses in clinical settings who may or may not be engaged in formal professional education courses and nurse educators and managers.

Why should nurses do action research?

Why should nurses do action research?

This chapter is about why clinical nurses should research their own practices as part of their everyday work. By doing so they can offer explanations for what they are doing and why they are doing it. They can show how their work ...

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