Personal and social influences on the use of humour in the interactions of student nurses in UK clinical settings

Deborah Flynn*

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Humour is a centuries-old phenomenon studied by many disciplines. Social and personal identity play a role in the creation, recognition, understanding, appreciation and use of humour. This study, which used interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore preregistration nursing students' experiences of the use of humour in the UK clinical setting, highlights what affects the students' use of humour. The influence of sex, age, and culture and ethnicity on the participants' use of humour with patients and healthcare staff is evidenced and explored; the influence of sex did not strictly follow traditional expectations..

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-307
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2020

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