This article reflects the researcher's dilemmas when doing research within ones own organization. The findings are based on the author's experience of being both researcher and an education coordinator at a Danish psychiatric hospital. Empirical examples from a research project on student nurses' learning processes during their clinical placement in psychiatry are analyzed in relation to the researcher positions: outsider - hybrid - insider. One condition doing research within one's own organization is that the researcher is constantly willing to negotiate her researcher position(s). She has many roles; her function could be compared to that of graphic equalizer in a radio. Depending on the context the researcher finds herself in, her role changes from on moment to the next, similar the scales of the equalizer.
Klinisk Sygepleje, 2007, Vol 21, Issue 1, p. 72-80
dilemmas as researcher; doing research within one's own organization; nursing education; psychiatry; researcher position(s)