||This study explored the experiences of hospitalised patients in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolation in New Zealand and the meaning that those patients made of those experiences. The research question of this study was 'What is the lived experience of patients in MRSA isolation?' An interpretive phenomenological approach was undertaken for this research, informed by the philosophical hermeneutic tenets of Heidegger (1927/1962). Audio-taped, semi-structured interviews were used to collect data from a purposive sample of ten adults who were in MRSA isolation in various wards in a large acute care hospital in the central North Island. Three salient themes emerged from the data. The first, 'being MRSA positive', summarises the meaning of having an identity of being MRSA positive. The second theme, 'being with others', is concerned with the effect that being in isolation for MRSA has on interpersonal relations. 'Living within four walls' is the third theme and reveals the significance that the physical environment of the MRSA isolation room has on the experience of MRSA isolation. Within the discussion of these themes, excerpts from the interviews are provided to illuminate the meanings and interpretations made. Recommendations are made for nursing practice and education.