An action research project was conducted to explore parents' perceptions about discharge preparation for a child with a respiratory problem. The action research approach was selected to provide bedside nurses with an opportunity to participate in research activities and actively change practice. Seven bedside nurses were recruited and prepared to conduct home interviews of 14 urban families and telephone interviews of six rural families. Families not participating in interviews were asked to complete questionnaires. Data analysis revealed four major themes: (a) the parent as learner, (b) the content of teaching activities, (c) timing of discharge, and (d) the impact of hospitalization after discharge. All nurses were positive about their experience. Action research provided a nonthreatening opportunity to involve bedside nurses in a research project.