The language of 'experience' in nursing research

Nurs Inq. 2005 Jun;12(2):98-105. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1800.2005.00259.x.


This paper is an analysis of how the signifier 'experience' is used in nursing research. We identify a set of issues we believe accompany the use of experience but are rarely addressed. These issues are embedded in a spectrum that includes ontological commitments, visions of the person/self and its relation to 'society', understandings of research methodology and the politics of nursing. We argue that a poststructuralist understanding of the language of experience in research opens up additional ways to analyze the relationship between the conduct of nursing research and cultural/political commitments.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Communication
  • Emotions
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Models, Nursing
  • Narration
  • Negotiating
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing Methodology Research / organization & administration*
  • Nursing Theory
  • Philosophy, Nursing*
  • Politics
  • Postmodernism
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Qualitative Research*
  • Research Design
  • Research Personnel / psychology
  • Researcher-Subject Relations / psychology
  • Self Disclosure
  • Semantics*