Analyzing The Attributes Of Different Methods Equips The Researcher

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Identifying and analyzing the attributes of different methods equips the researcher to select an appropriate approach to satisfy the aim of their inquiry. Rodgers (2005) and Risjord (2010) present two approaches to nursing knowledge development. This paper will compare and contrast Rodgers “problem-solving”(p. 177) method with Risjord’s “nursing standpoint” (p. 36). Rodgers provides a method that uses knowledge deficits in practice as the foundation for research. Risjord, on the other hand, acknowledges nurses’ lives and the perspective of the nurse as the basis for topics of inquiry. Despite the difference between Rodgers’ and Risjord’s methods, the attributes of each method contribute to the elimination of the practice-theory gap thus making them equally valuable to nursing knowledge development. Introduction to Rodgers’ Problem-Solving Method Throughout the history of nursing knowledge development, the discipline has struggled to attain an understanding of the “complexities of the nature of nursing while strengthening the philosophical grounding for inquiry and further development” (Rodgers, 2005, p. 173). Rodgers believes that the question asked and the method used defines the applicability of research to nursing knowledge development. While Rodgers’ problem-solving method supports research that applies to clinical practice, it also emphasizes the need for research that contributes to the body of knowledge of the discipline separate from activities (p. 175).
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