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May 2016   Comments

Published research from CNA members

Beuthin, R. (2015). Cultivating a narrative sensibility in nursing practice. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 33(1), 98-102.
Stories hold meaning, and when persons tell of their experiences of living with illness, they are afforded an opportunity to make sense of all that is happening. As nurses, we have the privilege of hearing the particular, gaining understanding, and creating a powerful encounter that has healing and health benefits. This is a call for nurses to more intentionally invite and listen to the stories of persons living with illness. The mnemonic STORIED is offered to help nurses weave together essential elements of a narrative practice approach: Subjective, Tell/Listen, Openness, Reflection, Invite/Intention, Engage, and Document. Nurses are the voice of the vulnerable, and to learn to listen to our patients’ stories such that what is gleaned contributes to their healing is nothing less than a call to excellent care of the unique person before us.

Beuthin, R. E. (2014). Breathing in the mud: Tensions in narrative interviewing. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 13, 122-134.
This article explores important questions around the often taken for granted approach to interviewing within narrative inquiry. When I applied an interview approach that emphasized the dialogical, performative, and social, tensions were provoked that muddied my assumptions and equilibrium. By sharing my story, I invite readers to reflect upon the researcher’s role in interviewing. I address tensions that arose between (a) presence and performance, (b) equality and power, (c) leading and following, (d) insider and outsider, (e) influence and neutrality, and (f) trust and responsibility. I come to describe the craft of co-constructing stories with another as breathing in the mud — a dynamic process in which the researcher moves between the tensions of getting stuck in one moment and finding brilliant presence in the next. Discussion focuses on how a researcher might use tensions as catalysts that ignite clarity and advance how narrative interviewing is enacted.

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