An examination of the emotional labour of nurses working in prison
An Examination of the Emotional Labour of Nurses Working in Prison Mann (2004: 208) identifies three components of emotional labour: 'The faking of emotion that is not felt and/or the hiding of emotion that is felt, and the performance of emotion management in order to meet expectations within a work environment.'Nurses working in prison in England and Wales have a dual role; that of both carer and custodian. This thesis examines the emotional labour of nurses working in adult prisons who undertake a dual role in both caring and custody. A qualitative, reflexive methodology was adopted with a postmodern philosophical foundation. Phase one of the study involved semi-structured interviews with nine qualified nurses from three adult prisons: two male establishments and one female. In phase two of the study, two of these nine nurses entered into a supervisory relationship with the researcher. Monthly clinical supervision sessions were held with both nurses over six months. Findings from this study suggest that the nurse working in prison experiences emotional labour as a consequence of four key relationships: the relationship with the prisoner patient, the relationship with officer colleagues, and the relationship with the Institution; the fourth relationship centres on the contradictory discourses the nurse engages with internally, and is referred to as the 'intra-nurse' relationship. This relationship involves on-going internal dialogue between the two selves of the nurse: the professional self and the emotional 'feeling' self. In order to manage the emotion work inherent in prison work, it is suggested that the development of emotional intelligence through clinical supervision and reflective practice is of significant benefit to both health care and discipline staff. This is the background image for an unknown creator of an OCR page with image plus hidden text.