Qualitative Methods


The Qualitative Methods RIIG was established to advance the use of qualitative research and mixed methods to study problems of interest to nurse clinicians, educators, and administrators. The use of naturalistic inquiry, phenomenology, ethnography grounded theory, case study, content analysis, and other qualitative methodologies have become increasingly important to understanding the experiences of individuals, families, and groups in confronting a variety of health care issues.

Comprised of nurse researchers from around the Midwest, the Qualitative Methods RIIG promotes research across nursing specialties. Members have a wide range of experiences in studying such diverse health problems as dialysis and renal transplants, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, mental health, genetics, palliative and end of life care. Members have also applied qualitative methods to study web-based nursing courses, the image of nursing, and perceptions of quality of care. Members are increasingly successful in obtaining small local grants as well as large, federally-funded grants to support their work, and provide a strong network for others wanting to adopt qualitative and mixed methods research designs.

Who Should Join?

Anyone who has an interest in qualitative and mixed methods methodologies to advance nursing research.

RIIG Communication

Groupsite Community Networking Platform:

Meet the RIIG Leadership


Richard Clark, PhD, RN, MA
Assistant Professor, University of Louisville


Rebecca Johnson Beller, BSN, RN
PhD Student, University of Nebraska Medical Center


Florine Ndakuya-Fitzgerald, PhD, RN, BSN
Patient Safety Fellow, University of Wisonsin-Milwaukee


Emma Schlegel, MPA, BSN, RN
PhD Candidate, The Ohio State University

Past Chair

Lisa Burkhart, PhD, RN, MPH, ANEF
Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago

Past Chair

Tanya Trotter, MSN, APRN, PHCNS-BC
PhD Candidate, University of North Dakota

Grant Representative

2021-2022 RIIG Awards

The Qualitative Methods RIIG is proud to announce the following award opportunities to the RIIG membership:

Please be sure to visit the RIIG Award submission site to nominate a fellow RIIG member today.

Opens:  October 7, 2021
Closes:  December 3, 2021, by 5pm EST

If the above link does not load quickly, you can access the RIIG Award Nomination site by accessing the main MNRS conference submission site:

  • Login using your email address and personal password.
  • Click on the Submissions box.
  • Access My Dashboard
  • Submit RIIG Award

If you continue to have issues, please be sure to call the Executive Office at 615-432-0098 or email

Overall/Long Term Goals

  • Continue exploring networking opportunities, with a plan for two pop-ups (informal discussions done synchronously via video technology) in the next 12 months.
  • The first goal is to develop a network among MNRS members who are experts in qualitative methods to have a database of researchers for possible collaboration and mentoring.
  • The second goal is to facilitate a pre-conference workshop on qualitative methods for new nurse scientists.

Recent Activities/Highlights

  • Dr. Paul Clark partners with bedside & stretcherside pediatric nurses to develop a critical incident debriefing process and recently published an article on this topic in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.
  • Dr. Candace recently completed the 3rd revision of an evidence-based clinical practice guideline for assessing heart failure in long-term care settings with publications in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing and Series on Evidence-based Practice Guidelines.
  • Dr. Marie-Anne Rosemberg has studied occupational health and reproduction with publications in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene and the Journal of Advanced Nursing.
  • Dr. Sandra Siedlecki will be inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of nursing in October this year.

CLICK HERE to read more about the RIIG Activities/Highlights.


RIIG Minutes/Summary

If you are interested in learning more about the Qualitative Methods RIIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Qualitative Methods RIIG minutes from the 2021 Annual Research Conference.
Qualitative Methods RIIG minutes from the 2020 Annual Research Conference.
Qualitative Methods RIIG minutes from the 2019 Annual Research Conference.
Qualitative Methods RIIG minutes from the 2018 Annual Research Conference.
Qualitative Methods RIIG minutes from the 2017 Annual Research Conference.
Qualitative Methods RIIG minutes from the 2016 Annual Research Conference.

Member in the Spotlight

Meet our Member in the Spotlight:


Tanya Leigh Trotter, PhD(c), APRN, CNS

APRN-CNS Provider, Clinical Neuroscience Institute Premier Health



Tanya Trotter’s hometown is Youngstown, Ohio. Her research focus is on post stroke depression and caregiver burden. She is a member of Midwest Nursing Research Society, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), and the Council for Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS). She is currently conducting explanatory sequential mixed methods in which the quantitative data is collected and analyzed first. The qualitative data is then collected and analyzed with the specific intent of illuminating and expanding on results of quantitative analysis. I am using 2 survey questionnaires for quantitative data collection and 1:1 semi-structured interviews for qualitative data collection.


Trotter TL. Using the peer review process to educate and empower emerging nurse scholars.

J Prof Nurs. 2021 Mar-Apr;37(2):488-492. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2020.10.009. Epub 2020 Oct 29. PMID: 33867109.

Denny DL, Trotter T, Lindseth G. Preoperative Nutritional Status and Risk for Subsyndromal Delirium in Older Adults Following Joint Replacement Surgery. Orthop Nurs. 2020 Nov/Dec;39(6):384-392. doi: 10.1097/NOR.0000000000000710. PMID: 33234908.

Tubbs-Cooley HL, Lavin R, Lyndon A, Anderson J, Baernholdt M, Berry P, Bosse JD, Mahoney AD, Gibbs KD, Donald EE, Donevant S, Dorsen C, Fauer A, French R, Gilmore-Bykovskyi  A, Greene M, Morse BL, Patil CL, Rainbow J, Ruppar TM, Trotter TL, Umberfield EE, Walker RK, Wright ML, Friese CR. Stronger together: The case for multidisciplinary tenure track faculty in academic nursing. Nurs Outlook. 2021 Jul-Aug;69(4):531-533. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2021.03.016. Epub 2021 May 20. PMID: 34023148


2021 Teresa Pellio Research Writers Award by National Association of Orthopedic Nurses (NAON)

Two things people may not know about Tanya Trotter:

  1. Her first nursing license was LPN in 1997.
  2. She previously served as co-chair of the MNRS Decision-Making RIIG