Alvita Nathaniel

Alvita Nathanial

Alvita Nathaniel, PhD APRN-BC FNP FAANP
Professor and Chair, Charleston Department
West Virginia University School of Nursing
3110 MacCorkle Ave. SE
Charleston, WV 25304
T: (01) 304-347-1224

Services Offered:

  • methodological mentoring
  • PhD thesis/dissertation review
  • PhD thesis/dissertation examination
  • paper review
  • supporting supervisors/research committees
  • consultancy.


PhD, West Virginia University.
MSN, West Virginia University.
BSN, Alderson-Broaddus College.

Grounded Theory Publications:

Nathaniel, A.K. (2015). Awareness of Dying Remains Relevant after Fifty Years. The Grounded Theory Review, 14(2). 3-10.

Nathaniel, A. K. (2014). Book Review: Remodeling GT once again. The Grounded Theory Review, 1(13). 59-63.

Nathaniel, A. (2014) Forslag til et integrert filosofisk rammeverk som passer for grounded theory (Suggestions for an integrated philosophical framework that fits grounded theory) (p. 101 – 111). In E. Hjälmhult, T. Giske & M. Satinovic (eds) Innføring i grounded theory (Introduction to grounded theory). Trondheim, Akademika Forlag. Norwegian

Nathaniel, A. K. (2014) Discovering the Theory of Moral Reckoning. In de Chesnay, M (2014). Nursing Research Using Grounded Theory: Qualitative Designs and Methods in Nursing. New York: Springer. 203-218.

Burkhardt, M. A. & Nathaniel, A. K. (2013). Ethics & Issues in Contemporary Nursing (4th ed.). New York: Delmar.

Nathaniel, A. K. (2014). Theory of moral reckoning. In Mary J. Smith, PhD & Patricia Liehr, PhD (Eds.) Middle Range Theory for Nurses, (3rd ed., pp. 329-346). New York: Springer.

Nathaniel, A. K., & Burkhardt, M. A. (anticipated 2015 publication). Ethics for Nurses in Advanced Roles (working title). New York: Delmar.

Nathaniel, A.K. (2011). An integrated philosophical framework that fits grounded theory. In V. Martin & A. Gynnild (Eds.), Grounded Theory: The Philosophy, Method, and Work of Barney Glaser. New York, NY: BrownWalker Press. 187-200. [This book has a Japanese translation in process by Minerva Shodo publisher, Japan.]

Nathaniel, A. K. (2010). Institutional review boards: Perspectives from the United States. Grounded Theory Review 9(3). 33-42.

Nathaniel, A. K., & Andrews, T. (2010). The modifiability of Grounded Theory, Grounded Theory Review 9(1). 65-77.

McCallin, A., Nathanial, A. & Andrews, T. (2011). Learning Methodology Minus Mentorship. In: Martin, V.B. and Gynnild, A. Grounded Theory The Philosophy, Method and Work of Barney Glaser. Boca Raton, Florida: Brown Walker Press.

Andrews, T., & Nathaniel, A. (2009). Awareness of dying revisited. Journal of Nursing Care Quality 24(3). 189-193.

Nathaniel, A. K. (2008). Theory of moral reckoning. In Mary J. Smith, PhD & Patricia Liehr, PhD (Eds.) Middle Range Theory for Nurses, (2nd ed., pp. 277-292). New York: Springer.

Nathaniel, A. K. (2008). Eliciting spill: A methodological note. The Grounded Theory Review, 7(1). 59-63.

Nathaniel, A. K. (2007). A tribute to the fortieth anniversary of classic grounded theory. The Grounded Theory Review, Special Issue. 49-54.Nathaniel, A. K. (2007). Doing formal grounded theory: A proposal. [Review of the book Doing Formal Grounded Theory (2006)]. The Grounded Theory Review, 3(3). 87-89.

Nathaniel, A.K. (2007). Moral reckoning in nursing. In Barney G. Glaser, Ph.D. & Judith A. Holton, Ph.D., Eds. The Grounded Theory Seminar Reader. Mill Valley, CA: Sociology Press.
Nathaniel, A. K., Andrews, T. (2007). How grounded theory can improve nursing care quality, Journal of Health Care Quality, 22(4). 350-357.

Nathaniel, A. K. (2006). Moral reckoning in nursing. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 28. 419-438.

Nathaniel, A. K. (2006). Thoughts on the literature review and GT. The Grounded Theory Review, 5(2/3). 35-42.

Nathaniel, A. K. (2005). The grounded theory bookshelf. [Review of the book Grounded Theory Perspective III: Theoretical Coding]. The Grounded Theory Review, 4(3). 103-105.

Nathaniel, A.K. (2004). A grounded theory of moral reckoning in nursing. The Grounded Theory Review, 4(1). 43-58.

Nathaniel, A. K. (2005) (contributor). Sections on moral distress and moral reckoning for the Encyclopedia on Nursing Research (2nd ed.). (Fitzpatrick, J. & Wallace, M. eds.). New York. Springer.

Nathaniel, A. K. (June, 2002). Moral distress in nursing. ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights Online Newsletter.

Grounded Theory Research:

A Grounded Theory Approach to Developing a Veteran Centric Theory. Ongoing project in cooperation with the Veterans Administration.

Moral Reckoning: Toward a Formal Theory.

A Grounded Theory of Moral Reckoning in Nursing.

Invited Presentations and Seminars, National and International:

Feb, 2009 A Model for International, Interdisciplinary Research Mentoring. Presented at Interdisciplinary Research: A Road More or Less Traveled. The 23rd Annual SNRS Research Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Feb. 21, 2008 The Science and Art of Qualitative Research. Pre-Conference Workshop at Health Disparities: Evidence into Action. The 22nd Annual SNRS Research Conference, Birmingham, Alabama.

Oct. 25, 2007 Eliciting Spill: The Grounded Theory Interview. Presented at the Grounded Theory Seminar Mini-Conference, New York.

Jun. 2, 2007 Core Category Emergence. Panel Discussion at the Grounded Theory Seminar Mini-Conference, Mill Valley, California

Feb. 27, 2007 Grounded Theory segment of Trustworthiness and Uses of Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research a symposium presented at the 121st Annual Conference Southern Nursing Research Society 2007 Conference, Galveston, TX.

Nov.27, 2005 A Traditional Dissertation Model Adapted for Grounded Theory and Writing Grounded Theory for Publication Presented at the Grounded Theory Seminar Mini-Conference, New York, New York

Feb. 5, 2005 A Grounded Theory of Moral Reckoning in Nursing. Paper presentation at the 2005 Southern Nursing Research Society 119th Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.

Oct 17, 2003 A Grounded Theory of Nurses’ Moral Distress and its Consequences. Paper presentation at Sigma Theta Tau Fall 2003 Conference at West Virginia University Hospital, Morgantown, WV.

Feb. 14, 2003 Toward an Understanding of Moral Distress in Nursing. Poster Presentation at 2003 Southern Nursing Research Society 17th Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.