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CHAPTER 5. ANALYSIS INTERVIEWS

AND

INTERPRETATION

OF

PHASE

ONE

5.1. Introduction

This chapter outlines the analysis and interpretation of Phase One of this research. Seven separate interviews with the Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs) were held immediately following the obtaining of informed consent and before any action research group sessions were convened. Figure 2 depicts how Phase One of the research followed on from the initial questions, subsequent questions, literature review and choice of methodology. The objectives for the study being how can the CNL role be further informed and how can the support of the role be further improved, with subsequent questions being, what is the role, and who should define it?

To restate the opening question of the interview was: “Tell me about your experience as Clinical Nurse Leader”. None of the participants were interviewed twice. All of the participants were ready to answer this opening question immediately and used examples from their practice. The quotations were drawn from all participants with no distinguishing statements included unless permission to do so was gained from the individual. The quotations from the interviews are presented in italics and provide evidence for the reader of what participants had to say about the various themes that emerged. The 24 themes that emerged from the analysis are grouped using the same headings as in the literature review presented in Chapter 2. This regrouping was not undertaken until after Phase One and Phase Two of the field work were completed and the analysis of the group action research process had been done. Table 1 provides a summary of the themes.

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