Becoming resilient; how do student nurses develop resilience for nursing? A study using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Strumidlo, Laura Ann (2021). Becoming resilient; how do student nurses develop resilience for nursing? A study using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. University of Birmingham. Ed.D.

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Aim: This thesis explores resilience in nurse education from the perspective of student nurses. It is the first study to do so in the United Kingdom. Essential to exploring the lived experience of becoming resilient was to find out why resilience was needed for nursing? What aided resilience development, identify useful educational strategies and explore how this phenomenon was understood?

Design: A qualitative case study with seven final year adult nursing students, using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).

Findings: Participants articulated an overall process for becoming resilient made up of the following three parts. Experiencing the tests of resilience, utilising a resilience toolbox and reflexivity for resilience. The tests essential for resilience work were cited as the emotional labour of nursing, practice learning, academic failure, attrition, life events. It was clear that resilience development was highly individual. Simulation and reflection were named as the educational interventions useful for resilience building. A Resilience Framework was used to explain aspects of resilience development within this group.

Implications for theory, practice and policy in nurse education: This thesis contributes to a theoretical understanding of the cognitive and mental activities that enable recovery from adversity in a new context. It adds new knowledge to educational theory with respect to how simulation aids resilience. On a practical level the findings have informed the development of new curricula and may influence nurse educational policy at a local and national level. There is utility in considering IPA for future nurse and health care professional research.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ed.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ed.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RT Nursing


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