Brunero, S., Jeon, Y. & Foster, KN. (2015). The journey of positioning self as both mental health nurse and qualitative researcher: A critical reflection. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing,22(7), 543-548. United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12238
Shifting between the positions of a mental health nurse clinician and a qualitative researcher has some parallels to the processes in the nurse–service user relationship. This paper addresses this development from practitioner to researcher in one mental health nurse's journey through a PhD study using constructivist grounded theory. The paper examines theoretical and professional drives that have shaped my clinical practice and the role of the researcher in constructivist grounded theory, the notion of the researcher shifting between insider and outsider status, and the importance of reflexivity in conducting research. These influences will be discussed in the context of the development of a constructivist grounded theory study of the delivery of health care to service users with a mental illness in general hospital wards.
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