Qualitative Methods in Nursing Education

If you are evaluating your teaching practice or student interactions from the student perspective, you may have asked questions that factual data and numbers cannot answer.  You may need to explore qualitative research methods to find answers to questions about how students experience nursing education.  Dr. Judy Tate presented a workshop on the basics of qualitative research methods in nursing education on July 16, 2019, to share with faculty how a qualitative approach might facilitate exploration and development of innovative strategies in teaching and learning.  Judy covered the following topics:

  • General description of qualitative research designs
  • Knowing when qualitative designs are a good fit
  • Discussion of types of qualitative data
  • Steps in data collection and analysis in educational settings
  • Application of a basic qualitative approach to examples from healthcare education

View the recording of Judy’s session, and access her presentation and other materials.

Using Data Visualization for Learning, Research, and Quality Improvement

Tableau, one type of visualization software, can be used as a tool for teaching informatics and how to convey meaning behind data. It can also be used to share research and quality improvement project results. Dr. Lyn Hardy presented an overview of data visualization use in research presentations and funding proposals at the CON on June 18, 2019. She also described how Tableau is being used to educate OSU doctoral students in data use for patient care and leadership. Lyn concluded the session with a brief overview of Tableau and how it is used within the context of a pain data set. View a recording of Lyn’s workshop, and contact her if you would like to know more about data visualization with Tableau.  Her workshop slides are also available.

How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts and Cultures

An important update to a National Academies Press resource on teaching and learning is now available online as a downloadable PDF book. The book incorporates research from the past two decades to expand on the original report from 2000. How People Learn II includes chapters that summarize theories related to learning and knowledge, theories related to motivation to learn, and use of digital technology for learning. These summaries can be very helpful when we are designing learning interventions and collecting evidence of their effectiveness in the process of educating nurses. The new (and free) edition of this book can make underpinning your learning design with theory and evaluating the outcomes a little easier.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2018). How people learn II: Learners, contexts, and cultures. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/24783

Letter from Kerry Dhakal, Research and Education Librarian

Dear College of Nursing faculty and staff members,

Good afternoon.  I’m writing to let you know that I will be out of the office/library, February 4th – April 12th to focus time and effort on my research endeavors.  If you or your students have questions for a librarian, please refer to the Ask-A-Librarian webpage from the Educational Services section of the Health Sciences Library homepage.  This webpage provides information about how to contact the library or a librarian, via phone, email or by completing the Ask-A-Librarian contact form.

If you would like to request an instruction session about library resources, services or literature searching as a workshop or for a class that you are teaching, please use the Instruction Request Form

By completing requests using these forms, your email will be forwarded to the appropriate librarian or library staff member for response.

Other resources that you and your students may find helpful during this time include:

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) LibGuide

This guide is intended for students, faculty, staff, and clinicians across the health sciences who would like to learn more about Evidence-Based Practice.  After viewing this guide, if you have questions please contact the HSL Librarians using the Email Me link on the left-hand side of the screen.

Nursing LibGuide

This guide is intended for Nursing students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians and provides background information about evidence-based practice and recommends appropriate databases and sources.

Systematic Review LibGuide

This guide is intended to provide guidance and resources for researchers, clinicians, faculty, and students across the health sciences interested in conducting a systematic review, including a page and quiz to help you determine how to choose the right type of review for your project or class assignment.

Measuring Scholarly Impact LibGuide

This guide is intended for faculty and staff to provide guidance in documenting and analyzing the impact of scholarly work.

If you would like to see the full list of HSL LibGuides, you can do so by clicking Subject Guides in the Top Resources list on the HSL homepage or use the following link: HSL LibGuides

Thank you,

Kerry Dhakal

Upcoming Qualtrics Changes

If you use Qualtrics for research or administrative purposes, you may be affected by upcoming changes to the system.  You can learn more about the changes and take further steps based on the information below:


LabArchives Tips (6): Monitor Lab Activity Within LabArchives

LabArchives provides a series of six articles to get you started with their lab notebook tool.  This is the sixth and final in the series.  All information is taken directly from the tutorials they send by email to new users.

Activity Feed

Need to review notebook activity? Who made that change, or added that file? All activities are tracked within your activity feed. It’s your notebook audit trail. Learn more


Keep the page or entry communication and collaboration going using the commenting feature.
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Notification Alerts

Need to receive communication alerts in your emails inbox. Users can be notified via email when a comment is made on an entry they have created, edited, or on which they have commented.
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LabArchives Tips (5): Collaboration and Sharing Within Lab Archives

LabArchives provides a series of five articles to get you started with their lab notebook tool.  This is the fifth in the series.  All information is taken directly from the tutorials they send by email to new users.


If you choose, all content within your notebook is sharable, from a signal entry, page, folder to your entire notebook all while managing their access rights. Learn more about your sharing options.

Sharing a permanent link

Completed your research and looking to share with a permanent link? Share using LabArchives integrated digital object identifier (DOI) feature.
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Using Groups

Have a number of users within your lab? Learn how to organize users into groups with different access rights. Learn more

LabArchives Tips (4): Database Tools and Freezer Boxes

LabArchives provides a series of five articles to get you started with their lab notebook tool.  This is the fourth in the series.  All information is taken directly from the tutorials they send by email to new users.

Widgets – Powerful Tools

Extend the tools and features available to you within your ELN using LabArchives Widgets. They are customizable, interactive HTML forms or applications displayed directly within your page/entry. Learn more

Need even more power within your notebook, learn how to create your own custom widgets.

Databases and Freezer Boxes

Create your own database or freezer box widgets with the ability to store multiple entries all using a single form. With the freezer box displaying in a grid style rather that the database table style. Learn more about database or freezer box widgets.


LabArchives Tips (3): Data Management Planning

LabArchives provides a series of five articles to get you started with their lab notebook tool.  This is the third in the series.  All information is taken directly from the tutorials they send by email to new users.

Your Notebook Data – Secured!

When it comes to your research data, it is secured with bank level security. Learn more about your data security and availability.


Don’t ever lose any of your research data as EVERY version is available to view and restore through the revision history. (No data can ever be erased or deleted and all data changes are tracked).
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Internal and external notebook linking of data and experiment protocols can lead to greater reproducibility of laboratory experiments. Learn more

Create an Offline Version

Need a copy of your notebook for posterity? Learn how to create
or PDF versions of your notebook.

LabArchives Tips (2): Uploading and Managing Data

LabArchives provides a series of five articles to get you started with their lab notebook tool.  This is the second in the series.  All information is taken directly from the tutorials they send by email to new users.


Need to doodle a drawing of your experiment set-up or the results, try LabArchives Sketching tool.
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Enhance and edit your lab notebook images to highlight or present particular findings that are significant.
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Using the LA Docs Editor

Create and edit MS-Office compatible documents from within your Notebook. This includes: MS-Office Word, MS-Office Excel and MS-Office PowerPoint.

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MS Office Plug-In Software

Users can use this FREE plug-in softare feature to open files from a LabArchives Notebook in their local Microsoft Office and once done editing a file, save the file back to their notebook without even being logged into the web browser.

Learn more – PC Users
Learn more – MAC Users

Using your Inbox

Results direct in your notebook inbox. Feature enables rules by which files of a specific type(s) are moved automatically into a designated Folder upon arrival in your inbox. Within that Folder, they are automatically organized into a Subfolder by the Year, and then into individual Pages by date within that Year.

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Also available is a FREE desktop utility, FolderMonitor, for Windows and Mac, that automatically transfers files from your PC into LabArchives notebook.