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Students' perceptions of digital narratives of compassionate care

Waugh, Anne; Donaldson, Jayne


Anne Waugh

Jayne Donaldson


This study set out to explore the learning that occurred from listening to narratives of compassionate care, and to identify students’ preferred story formats and other potential uses of such stories. Four short stories in different media formats were used. Data was gathered from an evaluation questionnaire and thematic analysis undertaken; this generated two themes: ‘Learning from the stories’ and ‘Students perceptions of the value of different media formats and other potential uses’. Sub-themes related to the narratives themselves emerged from first theme these included: person-centredness, compassion, relatives, effective mentor support and ‘the world of the student nurse’. There was evidence of the stories acting as a trigger for reflection and discussion although sometimes, cognitive dissonance arose. Audio files suitable for use as podcasts, with and without music, and digital stories all proved to be effective digital narratives for this type of learning activity. Students suggested such stories would be also useful for preparing them for practice placements and training of mentors.
In conclusion, digital narratives can promote effective reflective thinking and discussion about compassionate care. The findings support many aspects of narrative pedagogy previously reported but add to this by providing insight into student nurses’ learning from peer experiences.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 29, 2016
Online Publication Date Feb 10, 2016
Publication Date 2016-03
Deposit Date Mar 7, 2016
Publicly Available Date Feb 11, 2017
Journal Nurse Education in Practice
Print ISSN 1471-5953
Electronic ISSN 1873-5223
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Pages 22-29
Keywords Digital story; narrative; compassion; student;
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Contract Date Mar 7, 2016


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