Laurene E Sheilds

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The purpose of this study was to explore how people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) describe/story experiences of liminality associated with CKD and its treatment. This narrative inquiry was undertaken using secondary data. The people relating the stories described a number of liminal spaces, including living/not living independence/dependence,(More)
Qualitative research is being used to a great extent in nursing. It offers nurses the opportunity to obtain rich understandings of phenomena of interest. The term, qualitative research, is used to describe a broad range of research methodologies. Each methodology has an underlying set of values, beliefs, and assumptions and offers a particular lens to(More)
Although there is recognition of the importance of spirituality in the nursing literature and in nursing theory, many nurses find it difficult to talk about this sensitive area with people for whom they provide care. In this article, the authors discuss why spirituality is integral to nursing care and explore why nurses don't talk about spiritual concerns(More)
Evolving definitions of community and health promotion require the examination of community nursing practice. This article critically explores how the meanings of community may influence community nursing practice. In nursing, the most common definitions of community are of community as context/resource and community as client. The authors postulate that(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To examine stories of spirituality in people living with serious illness. BACKGROUND Although knowledge about the experience of people with various chronic illnesses is growing, there is little known about peoples' beliefs and perspectives relating to spirituality where there is a diagnosis of a serious chronic and life-limiting(More)
AIM To present a case example of using an arts-based approach and the development of an art exhibit to disseminate research findings from a narrative research study. BACKGROUND Once a study has been completed, the final step of dissemination of findings is crucial. In this paper, we explore the benefits of bringing nursing research into public spaces(More)
In this paper, the authors share their experience related to graduate nursing programs offered by distributed learning (DL) in Canada and Brazil. Although degrees offered by DL are often the subject of criticism, the authors' experience has been that learning outcomes have been very good. Nevertheless, a number of challenges and opportunities have been(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of the study is to examine liminal experiences of living with the uncertainty of life-threatening illness. Increasing numbers of people with life-threatening illness live in-between the promise of treatment and the threat of recurrence or progression of disease, and yet this experience is not well understood. DESIGN A narrative inquiry(More)
The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the importance of creating effective partnerships between nurses practising community development (CD) and nurses engaged in participatory action research (PAR). To that end, an overview of the theoretical principles of CD and PAR is provided and the central tenets of each methodology explored. This is followed(More)
Aging with HIV is a new phenomenon. It is expected that by 2015, approximately half of adults living with HIV in the United States will be age 50 and older. We used narrative inquiry to explore how older adults with HIV storied their experience and made sense of aging. Over a 3.5-year period, we interviewed 5 older adults living with HIV for 13 to 24 years.(More)