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

2022 RIIG Call for Symposia 

The Qualitative Methods RIIG is proud to announce the following Calls for Abstracts for the 2022 Annual Research Conference in Schaumburg, IL, March 30 – April 2, 2022: 

Guaranteed Symposia 

Qualitative Methods RIIG: Are we Measuring What Matters:  Innovation and the 3 Us in Qualitative Research? 

Please be sure to visit the RIIG Groupsite discussion board to ask questions or seek guidance from the RIIG Chair/RIIG Symposia Committee. 

All abstracts should be submitted directly to the email listed in the Call for Abstracts linked above. 

Opens: June 28, 2021
Closes: July 23, 2021 

2020-2021 RIIG Awards

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:

Florine Ndakuya-Fitzgerald, PhD, BSN, RN
Patient Safety Fellow-Veteran Affairs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dr. Flo Ndakuya-Fitzgerald is from Nairobi, Kenya. Her research focus is women’s health, patient safety, and health equity. She currently is a member of Midwest Nursing Research Society and serves as Chair-Elect for the MNRS Qualitative Methods RIIG.  She received the Qualitative Methods RIIG Graduate Research Award this past March. Her qualitative methods focus is narrative inquiry as she loves stories. Dr. Ndakuya-Fitzgerald is part of a research team exploring pregnancy outcomes of women Veterans enrolled in the Maternity Care Coordination Program across the Veterans Health Administration.

Two things people may not know about Dr. Ndakuya-Fitzgerald:

  1. She is a football (American) fanatic. She lives for the months of September through February.
  2. She lives in Wisconsin and has not gotten into cheese or snow.