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    Hello, I am currently completing a dissertation on the emotional labour the nurses face and how we can teach potential nurses how to care. I will be analysing if nursing education today is too academic and doesn't focus on the caring side. The responses are completely anonymous. There are a set of questions for qualified nurses and a set for student nurses. It would be ideal if I anyone who didn't go to university to become a nurse would be able to complete these questions as it would give me an insight if the 'old way' of preparing nurses for their emotional role was more beneficial. It would also be ideal if you are from the UK. (If you are not from the UK please state) Thank you for anyone who does reply, I am extremely grateful. **
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    • What type of nursing do you specialise in?
    • Would you agree that the role of a nurse involves emotional work along with physical? Explain your answer.
    • Do you think it is important for nurses to be able to control their emotions? If yes, can you explain in what way they are prepared
    • Do you think it is important for nurses to be supported and prepared for this emotional role after their education and throughout their career?
    • In regards to your education, what way do you believe you are prepared for the emotional role that you will face in your future career?
    • Do you believe that your education focuses more on the academic side of your career rather than the caring side? Explain your answer.
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    Questions for student nurses:
    What type of nursing do you specialise in?
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    Would you agree that the role of a nurse involves emotional work along with physical? Explain your answer.
    I agree with this, it is important that we can empathise with patients and provide compassionate care. While physical work and tasks are important, we need to treat holistically. Emotional care comprises a large amount of the work I do and is often as important as physical care.

    Do you think it is important for nurses to be able to control their emotions? If yes, can you explain in what way they are prepared.
    It is very important that nurses can control their emotions in some situations, however there are times when it is fine to show emotion. Especially in emergency situations, nurses need to remain calm and think clearly, which is incredibly difficult if you allow yourself to feel panicked and stressed. We definitely need to empathise with patients though, for example it's fine to feel sad when something bad happens to a patient and there is no weakness in showing that. I think control of emotions is something that is developed through experience and realising what it means to be a professional, rather than something that can be taught in a lecture.

    Do you think it is important for nurses to be supported and prepared for this emotional role after their education and throughout their career?
    It is important that nurses have a support network and protected time to discuss emotional or troubling incidents with colleagues, and time to reflect upon these.

    In regards to your education, what way do you believe you are prepared for the emotional role that you will face in your future career?
    We receive communication lectures and workshops which focus on breaking bad news, for example. Reflection is always encouraged by lecturers.

    Do you believe that your education focuses more on the academic side of your career rather than the caring side? Explain your answer.
    I believe that my education focuses equally on both. At the beginning of the degree, there is a lot more time and emphasis on the academic side which has been useful as it provides a solid knowledge base before going out into practice. Although a lot of time is spent in lectures, they are always linked to practice and seem relevant. There are also a lot of lectures and seminars on communication which are usually scenario-based which help to create discussion about how our emotions affect our practice and how we empathise with patients.
 
 
 
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