METHODSUsing Timed Event Sequential Data in Nursing ResearchPecanac, Kristen E.; Doherty-King, Barbara; Yoon, Ju Young; Brown, Roger; Schiefelbein, TonyAuthor Information Kristen E. Pecanac, MS, RN, is Doctoral Candidate; Barbara Doherty-King, PhD, APRN-BC, is Assistant Professor; Ju Young Yoon, PhD, RN, is Assistant Professor; Roger Brown, PhD, is Professor; and Tony Schiefelbein, BS, is Senior Database Administrator, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Accepted for publication June 30, 2014. The authors would like to acknowledge Dr. Barbara Bowers, Associate Dean for Research and Charlotte Jane and Ralph A. Rodefer Chair at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, for assistance with editing this manuscript. The authors have no conflicts of interest to report. Corresponding author: Kristen E. Pecanac, MS, RN, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 701 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53705 (e-mail: [email protected]). Nursing Research: January/February 2015 - Volume 64 - Issue 1 - p 67-71 doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000059 Buy Metrics Abstract Background Measuring behavior is important in nursing research, and innovative technologies are needed to capture the “real-life” complexity of behaviors and events. Purpose The purpose of this article is to describe the use of timed event sequential data in nursing research and to demonstrate the use of this data in a research study. Discussion Timed event sequencing allows the researcher to capture the frequency, duration, and sequence of behaviors as they occur in an observation period and to link the behaviors to contextual details. Timed event sequential data can easily be collected with handheld computers, loaded with a software program designed for capturing observations in real time. Conclusion Timed event sequential data add considerable strength to analysis of any nursing behavior of interest, which can enhance understanding and lead to improvement in nursing practice. © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.