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Katherine Louise Kirk

BSc (Hons) Nursing MA in Research Methods (Health)

Room: B22 (South Building)
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8467750

Current Status: Registered
Year of Registration: 2015
Expected Completion Date: /09/2018

Primary Funding Source:

Research Topic:
Emotional Labour in the emergency department feeling rules, gender stereotypes and emotional stoicism.

Research Details:
Research aims and objectives

This study aims to explore and develop the concept of emotional labour from an empirical and theoretical perspective, through the case study of the emergency department. It seeks to make a contribution to the existing literature, using the following research question What are the organisational dynamics, environmental determinants and socially shared norms that instrument the frequency and intensity of emotional labour in emergency department nurses?
In particular, this study aims to understand which factors instrument the frequency and intensity of emotional labour undertaken by staff, and consequently also alleviating factors.
These aims will be achieved through immersion into the emergency department setting, gathering the experiences, perceptions and narratives of the nursing team. In addition, the perspectives of the wider health care team involved in nurse support were also gathered, to help give a contextual framework to the study.

Research Supervisor/s: Stephen Timmons

Division: Management

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