Volume 4, 2012
Phenomenological Research of Nursing and Its Method
The aim of this paper is to clarify what “phenomenological” means in the phenomenological researches of nursing and what “method” is or should be
adopted in phenomenological researches of nursing. The essay first defines a traditional classification of the phenomenological researches of nursing by Cohen and Omery, and then gives a new attempt to classify the phenomenological approaches in the theories of nursing. On this basis, the essay reviews some representative “phenomenological” researches of nursing today and addresses critical comments to them. Finally, the essay will make clear what “phenomenological” should mean in the phenomenological research of nursing and what kind of “method” should be adopted in those researches.