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Title: A strange, new world : compassion in the Emergency Department as experienced by student nurses : an exploratory-descriptive qualitative study
Author: Hunter, David James
ISNI:       0000 0004 6422 0838
Awarding Body: Glasgow Caledonian University
Current Institution: Glasgow Caledonian University
Date of Award: 2017
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Compassion is currently at the forefront of healthcare policy and is debated both nationally and internationally in relation to practice and education (Dewar, 2013). By reviewing the literature, it was apparent that the experiences of student nurses themselves regarding compassionate care had received little attention. Previous work by the author (Hunter, 2010) explored the experiences of student nurses within the Emergency Department. Emergency Department nursing is dynamic, complex and progressive and is about providing an immediate nursing response to meet the full spectrum of human need (Dolan & Holt, 2000). However, there appeared to be no studies which looked at the combined phenomenon of student nurses, compassionate care and the Emergency Department. The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of student nurses in relation to compassionate care within an Emergency Department setting. The underpinning methodology used within the study is that of an exploratory-descriptive qualitative (EDQ) design based upon the work of Sandelowski (2000, 2010) and Stebbins (2001). This use is justified as it allowed the researcher to explore a topic with limited coverage within the literature, while allowing participants to contribute to the development of new knowledge in relation to the area of study (Reid-Searl & Happell, 2012). Following ethical approval, data was collected via individual, semi-structured interviews with 15 student nurses across four different geographical locations in the West of Scotland. These interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. Thematic data analysis was undertaken based upon the work of Braun & Clarke (2006). Two major themes emerged: 'doing the little things' and 'a strange, new world: the uniqueness of the Emergency Department'. This study contributes empirical evidence regarding student nurses' experience of compassionate care within the Emergency Department. Implications to, and recommendations for, policy, practice and nurse education are provided. They included the need to ensure that students studying adult nursing are suitably prepared to care for patients with mental health issues.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Prof.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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