Qualitative Methods


The Qualitative RIG 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 RIG 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.

RIG Communication

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Meet the RIG Leadership for 2019 – 2020


Cherrill Stockmann
Assistant Professor, Illinois State University


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

Past Chair

Lynne Connelly
Adjunct Faculty, University of Saint Mary Leavenworth

Grant Representative

Sandra Siedlecki, PhD, RN, APRN-BC
Senior Nurse Scientist, The Cleveland Clinic

Grant Representative

Corinne Wheeler, PhD, RN, APRN-BC
Associate Dean and Associate Professory, Cleveland State University

2018-2019 RIG Awards


Qualitative Methods:
Dissertation Award
Allison Stafford, BSN
Indiana University

Qualitative Methods:
Senior Investigator Award
Lee SmithBattle
Saint Louis University

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.

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RIG Minutes/Summary

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

Member in the Spotlight

Betsy Wilber

Betsy Wilber presented Recruiting Early Career RNs for a Grounded Theory Study of Clinical Judgment in Nursing: Implications for Educators and Researchers at our Qualitative Research Interest Group Symposium at the 2019 MNRS Annual Research Conference. Betsy shared challenges and lessons learned in recruiting novice nurses when research design entails individual interviews that focus on clinical judgments made by acute care nurses in the course of a work shift. Misperceptions of early career nurses regarding their ability to contribute to nursing research and their reluctance to label conclusions drawn in the course of nursing work as clinical judgments are avenues for researchers and educators to explore so novice nurses will realize their potential to generate knowledge for practice from practice.

Betsy is an Associate Professor at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois with over 25 years of experience as a nurse educator. Currently, Betsy teaches Concepts of Professional Nursing in the RNBSN program and Health Care Policy and Curriculum Development and Evaluation in the MSN program. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Betsy is Co-Director of two research centers -the Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research and the Lasallian Research Grant Program – at Lewis University.

Betsy’s research interests are clinical judgment in early career RNs and transition to practice challenges for newly licensed nurses. The outcome of Betsy’s dissertation, Fitting Things Together, was a grounded theory of clinical judgment in early career acute care nurses. Betsy intends to extend her research through theory testing with nurses in settings beyond acute care and practice experience beyond the novice level of expertise.