Friday, July 23, 2004: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Revealing the Context of Nursing Practice: History Research Methodology

Learning Objective #1: Compare and contrast historical research methodology, including ethical considerations and human subjects protection, with quantitative and other qualitative research methods
Learning Objective #2: Understand the culturally mediated steps of the historical research process within the purview of nursing scholarship
This symposium presents a four-part seminar that explores globally focused nursing history scholarship and methods as a way to enrich understanding about how patients and nurses have interacted with changes in geography, foreign occupation, immigration/emigration patterns, international diffusion of ideas, and technology in different countries at different times. Such globally focused historical research analyses the importance and the implications of the cultural aspects of language, healing practices, ecology, the meaning of health and illness, kin and family relationships, the significance of gender identity and roles, and social space in transnational and international health care delivery systems. Historical research is essential for understanding the origins of both current health care problems and nursing practice and understanding the possibilities for change. Without an historical perspective, planning occurs without complete information. Lessons from past mistakes and successes are omitted, and planning proceeds without thorough understanding. The presentations in this symposium present globally focused nursing history scholarship as a critical mode of inquiry in nursing. The presentations explore how such research can determine the ways in which the attitudes, ideas, events, and institutions of the past shape current national and international health policies, practices, and research initiatives. Since historical research methods analyze change over time, these presentations also provide tools to guide the interpretation of how the patterns and multidimensional processes link current trends and issues with the contextual foundation of the past. Finally, the presentations on globally focused historical scholarship and methods provide new insights into transnational and international frameworks of nursing research, practice, and policy planning.
Organizer:Deborah A. Sampson, ARNP
 Cultural Competence and Historical Research Methods: Issues of Difference, Issues of Similarity
Lynn Houweling, MS, RN, CCRN
 Historical Research: Where are the Data?
Jonathan Gilbride, MSN, CCRN, FNP
 History as a context for nursing research and practice: Implications for transnational understanding
Mary E. Gibson, MSN, RN
 Spoken Words: Oral History Methods and Cultural Meaning
Deborah A. Sampson, ARNP

15th International Nursing Research Congress
Sigma Theta Tau International
July 22-24, 2004