This narrative literature review examines 12 eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy studies published in peer-reviewed journals that implement qualitative methodology other than case studies. Qualitative studies in the EMDR community and in mental health research can get overlooked because they are not perceived to be as scientific as quantitative studies. However, the presence of proper, systematic methodology in qualitative research can reveal another layer of important data about the how and why of EMDR therapy's impact. A variety of study types are reviewed (grounded theory, phenomenology, content and thematic analysis, and several other published forms) that offer evidence-based insight in six major areas of relevance to the EMDR community: the value of the therapeutic relationship and attunement, the role of EMDR therapy preparation and safety measures, the perceived impact of reprocessing phases, and insights for EMDR therapy training and implementation. The authors conclude that it is imperative that clinicians attend to the therapeutic relationship and provide adequate preparation. A discussion about clinical implementation and training EMDR therapists is also included, with suggestions made for advancing qualitative research in EMDR therapy.
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The nursing as caring theory asserts that knowing emerges from within the nursing situation and that knowledge can be transformed for nursing purposes into nursing science, which evolves from nurturing persons living caring and growing in caring. The purpose of this paper is to describe research-as-praxis methodology, as it was applied to the nursing as caring theory in a recent study, as an effective way to simultaneously engage in research, practice, and theory application. Because caring is a central exemplar of nursing, it is appropriate to consider the usefulness of this research-as-praxis methodology to examine questions that emerge from within any nursing situation, and it is cogent to suggest that this research methodology would be applicable and appropriate for generating nursing knowledge using the broad expanse of nursing theoretical perspectives.
This article aims to explore and describe the lived experiences of nurses, patients, and relatives in caregiving contexts. The findings presented emerge from the reanalysis of three previous qualitative studies performed by the author. Reanalysis is a documented method that extends existing knowledge and generates new understanding about experiential phenomena. the article demonstrates a triangulation of approaches, including phenomenographical, phenomenological, and hermeneutic reanalysis. This reanalysis describes the phenomenon of caring, conceptions of caring, and the effect caring has on people’s being in the world. By using abduction and applying hermeneutics as an overall design, a concept of caring is drawn.
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The labyrinth as a tool for meditation is explored as registered nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students walk a labyrinth together. Students’ journeys of returning to school become transformative as they experience this archetypal tool as a metaphor for their lives. Interpretive themes from a hermeneutic phenomenological inquiry (Diaconis, 2001) are reflected as patterns of the labyrinth and places on the path. Walking the labyrinth leads to questioning ways of developing curriculum and being with students in RN to BSN education.
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The Lived Experience of Nursing Students Participating in High-Fidelity Simulation at a School Grounded in Caring
The lived experiences of senior students in a bachelor-of-science program in nursing participating in high-fidelity simulation at a school grounded in caring was investigated by conducting focus-group interviews at one university in the southeastern United States. Evidence from research studies supports students’ ability to learn critical thinking, clinical decision making, and psychomotor skills, and to acquire the affective behavior of caring, during high-fidelity simulation-based learning experiences. A qualitative descriptive design, using a phenomenological methodology, was used to guide this research study. Findings from this study revealed that participants experienced caring during high-fidelity simulation-based learning experiences.
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Written narratives of 15 Ugandan nurses’ experience of caring for persons dying from Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever were analyzed using van Manen’s (1990) phenomenological approach. From these narratives emerged the description of caring for persons as affirmation of knowing and the uncertainty of living life while consciously waiting and protecting self through isolation from family and society, and the selfless dedication of giving one’s life for others. Within this description is attributed the foci on health promotion, illness prevention, and early intervention as recommendations for effective nursing in community wellness practice.