Sjuk humor
: en litteraturstudie om sjuksköterskans möjligheter till och användning av humor i omvårdnadsarbetet

Translated title of the thesis: The nurse´s opportunities to and use of humour in nursing care
  • Maria Högström
  • Julia Eriksson

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Background: The sense of humour is individual, a part of the personality and can be an important tool in nursing care. Humour can be a free medicine and if used correctly, it has positive effects on the patient concerning relieving pain, providing relaxation and helping the patient to create a distance to difficult situations. Despite the knowledge, the nurse seldom initiates humour with the patient in nursing care. The aim was to describe the nurse's opportunities to and use of humour in nursing care. Method for the composition was a general literature review based on 11 qualitative and quantitative articles. The results are presented through the categories The nurse´s opportunities to humour and The nurse's use of humour. The result shows that the nurse has both internal and external opportunities to use humour, but it is not primarily used in the care of the patient, instead it is used by the nurse to cope with stressful situations. The conclusion is that the nurse needs help to deal with difficult or stressful situations in other ways than through humour, in order for humour to be used in a positive way with the patient in nursing care. Dealing with difficult or stressful situations could happen through tutoring or ethical reflections, individually and in groups.

    Date of Award2014-Jun-25
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorAnna Pålsson (Supervisor) & Atika Khalaf (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Nursing

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • humour
    • nurse
    • nursing care
    • opportunity
    • use
    • coping

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