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nursing education, nursing education research, nursing faculty, research design



  1. Raymond, Christy PhD, RN
  2. Profetto-McGrath, Joanne PhD, RN
  3. Myrick, Florence PhD, RN
  4. Strean, William B. PhD


Researchers who study nursing education encounter difficulty when trying to recruit and retain nurse educator participants. Researchers would benefit from knowing more about effective and ineffective sampling strategies and methods to increase the efficiency of the research process. This article outlines the struggles and successes encountered with a mixed methods study that examined nurse educators' critical thinking. Specific examples are interwoven with current literature to uncover some important insights and future recommendations for researchers in nursing education.