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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150403
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Humor Cart in Nursing Education
Abstract:
The Humor Cart in Nursing Education
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Gelazis, Rauda
P.I. Institution Name:Ursuline College
Objective: To determine the effects of using a humor cart* as a means of stress release for nursing students. {*A humor cart consists of a portable cart equipped with a variety of humor producing materials such as books (for example: cartoons, humorous short stories, jokes), audio and video tapes (for example: films by Charlie Chaplin, Wooten, etc), and other material (for example: toys, pictures, and games). Design: This quasi-experimental study will determine any significant differences in nursing students’ responses by comparing the experimental group of students who use the humor cart to that of a control group of students without any additional means of coping. The stressor will be a testing situation or oral presentation by the student. Pre and post stress responses will be compared for both groups of students to determine if the use of a humor cart results in significantly lower scores on physiological measures and self-report. Sample: The sample will consist of a convenience sample of 25 students in the experimental group and 25 students in the control group. Setting: The setting is a small baccalaureate nursing program in a liberal arts college in Midwestern United States. Concepts / Variables: The concepts of stress as described by Lazarus (Lazarus & Folkman, 1984) and humor as outlined by Goodman (1989) and Ruxton (1988) will be used as a theoretical basis for the study. Humor has been used in classrooms (Wooten, 1966) and humor rooms and carts have been used successfully in a variety of health care settings (Clayton, 1997; Paskin, 1989; Siegel, 1986), but little research exists about the deliberate use of humor-enhancing materials, such as a humor cart, to help nursing students cope successfully with some of the stresses of the baccalaureate nursing program. This study sets out to fill the gap in our knowledge of humor and its specific use in a nursing educational setting. The study will determine if the independent variable, humor, as produced by means of a humor cart, can have a significant affect on the dependent variable, stress, as evident in pulse, blood pressure, hand temperature and self-report. Measure / Instruments: Students’ blood pressures, pulses, and hand temperatures in both experimental and control groups will be compared prior to and after a stressful situation by means of a t-test. Self-reports will also be compared. Findings: This is an on-going study which began in the Fall 2000 semester. It is anticipated that the study will be completed in Fall 2001. Conclusions: It is anticipated that the results of this study will help to support the literature on humor indicating that humor can be used deliberately in stressful situations with emotional and physical benefits for nursing students in a baccalaureate setting. Implications: Implications for the purposeful use of humor by means of a humor cart in baccalaureate programs and others will be made based on findings of the study.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Humor Cart in Nursing Educationen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150403-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Humor Cart in Nursing Education</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Gelazis, Rauda</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Ursuline College</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">gelazis@en.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: To determine the effects of using a humor cart* as a means of stress release for nursing students. {*A humor cart consists of a portable cart equipped with a variety of humor producing materials such as books (for example: cartoons, humorous short stories, jokes), audio and video tapes (for example: films by Charlie Chaplin, Wooten, etc), and other material (for example: toys, pictures, and games). Design: This quasi-experimental study will determine any significant differences in nursing students&rsquo; responses by comparing the experimental group of students who use the humor cart to that of a control group of students without any additional means of coping. The stressor will be a testing situation or oral presentation by the student. Pre and post stress responses will be compared for both groups of students to determine if the use of a humor cart results in significantly lower scores on physiological measures and self-report. Sample: The sample will consist of a convenience sample of 25 students in the experimental group and 25 students in the control group. Setting: The setting is a small baccalaureate nursing program in a liberal arts college in Midwestern United States. Concepts / Variables: The concepts of stress as described by Lazarus (Lazarus &amp; Folkman, 1984) and humor as outlined by Goodman (1989) and Ruxton (1988) will be used as a theoretical basis for the study. Humor has been used in classrooms (Wooten, 1966) and humor rooms and carts have been used successfully in a variety of health care settings (Clayton, 1997; Paskin, 1989; Siegel, 1986), but little research exists about the deliberate use of humor-enhancing materials, such as a humor cart, to help nursing students cope successfully with some of the stresses of the baccalaureate nursing program. This study sets out to fill the gap in our knowledge of humor and its specific use in a nursing educational setting. The study will determine if the independent variable, humor, as produced by means of a humor cart, can have a significant affect on the dependent variable, stress, as evident in pulse, blood pressure, hand temperature and self-report. Measure / Instruments: Students&rsquo; blood pressures, pulses, and hand temperatures in both experimental and control groups will be compared prior to and after a stressful situation by means of a t-test. Self-reports will also be compared. Findings: This is an on-going study which began in the Fall 2000 semester. It is anticipated that the study will be completed in Fall 2001. Conclusions: It is anticipated that the results of this study will help to support the literature on humor indicating that humor can be used deliberately in stressful situations with emotional and physical benefits for nursing students in a baccalaureate setting. Implications: Implications for the purposeful use of humor by means of a humor cart in baccalaureate programs and others will be made based on findings of the study.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:23:39Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:23:39Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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