|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 189-190
Conference report of the international webinar on qualitative research in nursing
T Nirmala, K Kanchana
Department of Research and Development, College of Nursing, Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Submission||29-May-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||03-Jun-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||30-Aug-2021|
Dr. T Nirmala
College of Nursing, Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Coimbatore - 641 044, Tamil Nadu
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Nirmala T, Kanchana K. Conference report of the international webinar on qualitative research in nursing. J Med Evid 2021;2:189-90
Advancing time needs a new approach and updated clinical knowledge. The interprofessional teams face the challenges in the research fraternity. The College of Nursing, Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Coimbatore, organised an International Webinar on Qualitative Research in Nursing for 2 days through Zoom platform. The webinar focused mainly on the qualitative research methodology and its implication in nursing.
The Organising Committee of the International Webinar 2021 was headed by Dr. T. Nirmala, Principal, College of Nursing, SRIPMS, Organising Secretary, Dr. K. Kanchana, Professor and Head, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing. Programme coordinators were Dr. Girijakumari. S, Vice Principal, College of Nursing, SRIPMS, Ms. Sudha. M, Assistant Professor, Child Nursing Department, Mr. Manuel Sundaram, Assistant Professor, Mental Health Nursing Department, Ms. Nalini. K. J, Assistant Professor and Ms. Mahalakshmi Assistant Professor, Community Health Nursing Department. The webinar targeted the postgraduate students, nurses and nurse educators and research scholars.
Around 1308 delegates from various parts of the Middle east and South east regions such as Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Muscat, Bahrain, Egypt, Dubai, Ethiopia and from pan India were registered for the International Webinar and more than 2500 viewed the webinar through YouTube. The eminent resource speakers shared their extensive experience and expertise knowledge regarding qualitative research in nursing.
| Day 1|| |
The webinar commenced with a welcome address by Dr. T. Nirmala, Principal, College of Nursing, SRIPMS. She welcomed the participants and cheered them with words of inspiration highlighting the need for qualitative research and research ethics. Dr. Ani Grace Kalaimathi, Registrar, The Tamil Nadu Nurses and Midwives Council, Chennai [Figure 1]a, delivered the keynote address. She emphasised the need and highlighted the significance of the qualitative research and its implications in nursing profession.
|Figure 1: Speakers of International Webinar on Qualitative Research in Nursing|
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On the 1st day, four interactive sessions were organised on various topics. The first plenary session was on Overview of Qualitative Research by Dr. Lakshmi Renganathan, Nursing Science Teacher (Specialist), College of Health Sciences, Ministry of Health, Muscat [Figure 1]b. The session focused on qualitative research, different techniques of qualitative research, its merits and demerits, methods of data collection and few tips in analysis of qualitative data. Furthermore, ethics in research and the golden criteria for qualitative research were discussed.
The second session was on Grounded Theory and its Application in Nursing. The purpose of this session was to highlight the different aspects of grounded theory, methods of coding, steps in analysing the grounded theory and the essential skills needed to conduct the qualitative research. In addition, pictorial illustration was shown on the steps of coding which was very interesting and informative. This session was deliberated by Dr. Latha Venkatesan, Professor and Principal, College of Nursing, AIIMS, New Delhi [Figure 1]c. Finally, the advantages and drawbacks of grounded theory research were highlighted.
The third session, a guidance to qualitative case studies, was discussed by Dr. Suad Moosa Al Junaibi, Senior Science Tutor, Board of Trustee Member, Adult Health Nursing Department Head, Adult Health Nursing Taskforce Chair, Oman College of Health Sciences, Muscat [Figure 1]d. The session included the qualitative case studies, how and when to apply case study design and its application in nursing field. The different phases of qualitative case study analysis were explained in detail.
The fourth plenary session was on Ethnographic Research: A Key to Strategy. This session focused and highlighted the meaning of ethnography, its scope in the recent era, the application of ethnographic research in nursing, when to use ethnographic research and its categorisation. Many examples of ethnographic studies done in nursing practice were discussed by Dr. S. Sampath Kumar, Professor and Head, Department of Sociology and Population Studies, Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore [Figure 1]e. Finally, the speaker motivated the nursing fraternity to take up more ethnographic studies in the future.
| Day II|| |
The 2nd day began with brief recap of the previous day's sessions. The webinar started with the first plenary session on Phenomenological Research-Philosophy and Application in Nursing. This session included its origin and essence of phenomenology in nursing research, use of descriptive and interpretive variants of phenomenology and its current use. This session was deliberated by Dr. Gerald Amandu Matua, Assistant Professor, Nursing Administration, Programme Coordinator, MSN (Thesis) Track, Fundamentals and Administration Department, College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman [Figure 1]f. He emphasised the current use of phenomenology in disciplines such as nursing, because of its suitability to describe lived experience meaningfully.
The second session was by Dr. Vidya Seshan, Assistant Professor, Maternal and Child Health Department, Heads of Fundamentals and Administration Department, Programme Coordinator, MSN Midwifery, College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman [Figure 1]g. The various methods of data collection such as focus group discussion, observation, interview and use of document review in qualitative research were discussed. The significance of data saturation and the phenomenological methods of data collection was highlighted which was found very informative.
The next session on Analysis and Presentation of Qualitative Data was deliberated by Dr. Suresh K Sharma, Professor and Principal, College of Nursing, AIIMS, Jodhpur, India [Figure 1]h. The steps in the analysis and presentation of qualitative data were explained in detail. The main approaches of qualitative data analysis and the use of computer software's for the data analysis in qualitative research were discussed. The speaker ensured the impact of his talk with an interactive question and answer session.
The last session of the webinar was on Generic Qualitative Research Process and Best Practices by Ms. Maha Yaqoub Khasib Al Oughaishi, MSN Thesis Student, College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat [Figure 1]i, Sultanate of Oman. She discussed in detail about the attributes and steps in generic qualitative research and also mentioned the best possible practices that can be adopted in generic qualitative research.
At the end of each session, the delegates were given an opportunity to clarify their doubts with the respective speakers. The webinar was concluded with a few words of gratitude by Dr. K. Kanchana, Professor and Head, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, College of Nursing, SRIPMS, Coimbatore. The e-certificates were posted to all the delegates after receiving the feedback.
The overall feedback from the delegates stated that the webinar was excellent, very good, more interesting, enlightening and highly informative. The feedback analysis showed that 66.17% of delegates expressed that the webinar was excellent and 33.83% had graded as very good.
We would like to express our gratitude for speakers and participants for their kind consent support and cooperation.
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