The voices of days gone by: advocating the use of oral history in nursing

Biedermann, Narelle (2001) The voices of days gone by: advocating the use of oral history in nursing. Nursing Inquiry, 8 (1). pp. 61-62.

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Oral or narrative history has existed for centuries; however, its acceptance as a rightful method in historical research has been long and challenging in coming. Although considered by many to be a recent phenomenon, oral history had its genesis in antiquity (Thompson 1978; Moss 1984; Prins 1991); however, its usefulness as a method in nursing research has, until recently, gone unacknowledged. While no longer in its infancy, some might argue that nursing has struggled for acceptance and legitimacy as a profession in its own right, and the one method of communication upon which nursing is based has been regarded as unprofessional and inferior. This paper describes the oral history method and highlights the implications of the method for nursing research. This paper is meant to be illustrative and integrative rather than comprehensive, as time and space does not permit an in-depth analysis of all Australian nursing oral histories.

Item ID: 13356
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1800
Keywords: methodology; nursing research; oral history; qualitative research
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2013 04:50
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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