Challenges in conducting qualitative research among nurse educators
Objective: To explore the perspectives of nurse educators regarding challenges in conducting qualitative research.
Method: The qualitative descriptive study was conducted from August 2021 to January 2022 at three private nursing colleges of Peshawar, Pakistan, including the Rufaidah Nursing College, the North West Institute of Health Sciences, and the Rehman College of Nursing. Nurse educators of either gender with at least one year of experience who were able to speak Urdu and English and had a minimum qualification of bachelor’s degree in nursing were incuded. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews using an interview guide. Braun and Clark 6-step method was used for analysis.
Results: Of the 26 nurse educators, 13(50%) each were males and females. Three main themes were developed; concept of qualitative research, challenges in qualitative research, and suggestions to promote qualitative research. Participants reported that conducting qualitative research was a challenging task that needed resourses and collaboration.
Conclusion: Qualitative research is a complex process which requires commitment, support and skills at individual and organisational levels.
Key Words: Research, Nurses, Perspectives, Challenges, Publication, Journals.