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Title: Pre-registration students' experiences of humour use in the clinical setting within the United Kingdom : an interpretative phenomenological analysis
Author: Flynn, Deborah J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7651 7452
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2018
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Aim and research question: The aim of this study was to explore pre-registration students’ experiences of the use of humour in the clinical settings in the United Kingdom. Method: The chosen methodological approach was interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). IPA enabled investigation into the students’ experience of humour with patients and mentors and to understand their idiography of their experiences due to different professional journeys. Ten semi-structured interviews were conducted with nursing students. Each interview was analysed, descriptively, conceptually and linguistically, which is consistent with the IPA approach. Then a cross group analysis elicited common or shared themes within the group. Findings: Students acknowledged the individuality of humour and how it reflects their personality and how they can be embroiled in a tug-of-war with the people around them on the use of humour within the clinical setting. Three superordinate themes were identified: 1) the professional journey, 2) the humanity of humour, and 3) humour influences and characteristics which led to the formation of a humour awareness compass for nurses. This study offers a novel insight into pre-registration students’ experiences of humour in the clinical setting, within the United Kingdom.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RT Nursing