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Experiencing Humour: A Critical Care Phenomenon, Jan Skinner Nov 1997

Experiencing Humour: A Critical Care Phenomenon, Jan Skinner

Theses

Humour, whilst frequently occurring within the Critical Care environment, has been traditionally viewed as both macabre and in poor taste. However, for the Registered Nurse working in this setting, humour plays a vital role in the day to day functioning at the unit level, and is identified as an important component in the development of interpersonal relationships between both co-workers and clients. Therefore, by describing this experience, the thesis seeks to elucidate this concept of humour and the experience of this phenomenon for the Registered Nurse working within the Critical Care environment.

On reviewing the literature it becomes evident that ...


Explicating Practice Knowledge: A Hermeneutic Inquiry Into Adolescent Mental Health Nursing, Rene Geanellos Aug 1997

Explicating Practice Knowledge: A Hermeneutic Inquiry Into Adolescent Mental Health Nursing, Rene Geanellos

Theses

Through this hermeneutic study I sought to explicate the practice knowledge of nursing on residential adolescent mental health units. I did this by seeking to understand what nurse's and adolescent's stories of nursing, or being nursed, revealed about the knowledge informing practice within that context. Seven nurses and seven young people shared their experiences. Taped and written stories, and survey material, provided texts for analysis and interpretation. As stories centred around specific nurse-adolescent interactions they pointed to the knowledge informing practice within those encounters. Thus, practice knowledge was explicated through interpretation of the actual experiences of nurses and ...