Stress and the mature undergraduate radiographer: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of final year clinical experiences

Mawson, Julie A. and Miller, Paul K. ORCID logo ORCID: (2020) Stress and the mature undergraduate radiographer: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of final year clinical experiences. In: United Kingdom Imaging and Oncology Congress 2020: Pathways and Communication, 1-3 June 2020, ACC, Liverpool. (Unpublished)

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Background: Alongside the now well-documented stresses of undertaking an undergraduate university degree (Regehr et al., 2013), contemporary healthcare students must also adapt to the pressures of a progressively greater clinical workload. To date, however, relatively little research has explored how the challenges and responsibilities of clinical placement specifically interact with the often-complex life circumstances of mature healthcare students, and none has addressed how the associated stresses affect the undergraduate experience of mature student radiographers.
Methods: With institutional ethical approval, extended semi-structured interviews were conducted with N=6 (four female, two male) final year Diagnostic Radiography students aged 25 and over. At the time of interview, participants were placed in six different hospitals in the north west of England. Recorded data were transcribed verbatim, and investigated using the established techniques of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Smith et al., 2009).
Results: Analysis of data gave rise to N=3 pertinent superordinate themes; everyday sources and impacts of stress, stress manifestations in the clinical environment, and constructive management of stress. Participants variably asserted that their status as mature students could engender both greater and lesser stress than was apparent among their younger counterparts, and sometimes both concurrently. All, however, reported that placement-related stress had at some point impacted upon their physical, psychological and social well-being, with most reporting that such stress had negatively affected perceived competence – and thus confidence - in the clinical environment.
Conclusion: It is contended that the nuanced, experiential findings can inform prospective discussions regarding curriculum development and placement management in diagnostic radiography.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Departments: Academic Departments > Medical & Sport Sciences (MSS) > Health and Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Miller
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 10:39
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 10:31


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