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Ethnography and Ethics in Your Own Workplace: Reconceptualising Dialysis Care from an Insider Nurse Researcher

Wood, Alison


Alison Wood


Emma Garnett

Joanna Reynolds

Sarah Milton


This chapter presents reflections on the author’s experience in conducting ethnographic research in a setting in which they had an existing professional role as a registered and practising nurse. The position held and how this was negotiated within the research and clinical environment highlight the role ethnography can play for nurses researching in healthcare settings. In particular, this chapter highlights the positional complexities of adopting both ‘insider’ ethnographer and professional roles in a healthcare context, and the insights this generated around the partial forms of knowledge that emerge. The dual status of the researcher provided a unique position in a complex setting and shaped the generation of ethnographic findings


Wood, A. (2018). Ethnography and Ethics in Your Own Workplace: Reconceptualising Dialysis Care from an Insider Nurse Researcher. In E. Garnett, J. Reynolds, & S. Milton (Eds.), Ethnographies and Health (51-66). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Acceptance Date Mar 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 27, 2018
Publication Date 2018
Deposit Date Sep 5, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 28, 2020
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 51-66
Book Title Ethnographies and Health
Chapter Number 4
ISBN 9783319893952
Keywords Ethnographic research, nurse research, medical research,
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