A Case Report on Using Mixed Methods in Qualitative Research
Computing, Health and Science
Nursing and Public Health
This article describes the methodological approach taken to explore issues surrounding advanced nurse specialisation (ANS) and education. Intentional phenomenology and postmodern discourse analysis were necessary to our study because they each dealt with the perspective of a phenomenon characterised by contradictory and opposing realties. Husserlian phenomenology of the advancing nurse specialists was limited because it did not provide sufficient information about the social and political context in which the nurses were experiencing the phenomenon. We therefore carried out an additional study using postmodern discourse analysis of ANS stakeholder interviews and triangulated the results. The result was what we believe are the most appropriate recommendations that take the individuals' experiences and the existing socio-political context into account. The results of the interviews with the nurses and stakeholders in this study are to be published elsewhere.