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Puppets in an acute paediatric unit: nurse's experiences


Reid-Searl, K and Quinney, L and Dwyer, T and Vieth, L and Nancarrow, L and Reid-Searl, KA, Puppets in an acute paediatric unit: nurse's experiences, Collegian, 24, (5) pp. 441-447. ISSN 1876-7575 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.colegn.2016.09.005


Puppets have been used for play and in education with children in a variety of contexts, including health care. There is however a dearth of literature that explains nursesí experiences when using puppets in a paediatric health care context nor any process to guide how they use puppets. In 2007 an educational framework called the Pup-Ed (KRS Simulation) was developed to assist nurses and educators in using puppets. In 2012 nurses (n = 13) from a regional paediatric acute care setting, who had been educated in the Pup-Ed (KRS Simulation) framework, described their experiences using puppets when caring for sick children. Participants reported that the principles of the Pup-Ed (KRS Simulation) framework including the usersí knowledge/hidden nurse, a consistent history and silent voice all contributed to the central theme called connecting to optimise care. The puppets were a means to educate the children and were a source of distraction from unpleasant procedures. Additionally the puppets were a strategy to reduce fear and break down barriers for the child especially when undergoing procedures. When using the puppets participants identified that infection transfer was something to be considered and not all nurses felt comfortable using the puppets. A lack of confidence and time were identified as barriers to using the puppets. The findings from this study have been valuable in establishing recommendations for future puppet use.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Child, Children, Paediatric, Puppet, Pup-Ed (KRS simulation)
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Paediatrics
Research Field:Infant and child health
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Early childhood education
UTAS Author:Reid-Searl, K (Professor Kerry Reid-Searl)
ID Code:153892
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2022-10-13
Last Modified:2022-11-03
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