Vinay Dhepe, Anish Kumar V
Abstract: Aim of the study: The study aim to find the effectiveness of laughter therapy on stress among the married female staff nurses at selected hospitals. Objective of study: 1.To assess the level of stress among married female staff nurses at selected hospitals.2. To determine the effectiveness of laughter therapy by comparing pre-test and post-test level of stress among experimental group.3. To determine the effectiveness of laughter therapy by comparing the post-test level of stress among experimental and control group. 4. To find out the association between pre-test level of stress and selected demographic variables. Methods: True experimental Pre- test -Post- test control group research design to accomplish the objective to determining the effectiveness of Laughter Therapy in reducing stress among the married female staff nurses in selected hospitals. The sample comprises 60 married female staff nurses in selected hospitals. Formal written permission from hospitals was obtained prior to data Collection process. Data was collected using Structured Expanded Nursing stress scale (ENSS). Data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Result: The presents study evaluates and found that demographic variables, 14 (46.67 %) Married female staff nurses were in age group 26-30 years, 17 (56.67 %) Married female staff nurses were Hindus, 13 (43.33 %) were BSc/ PBBSc graduates, 10 (33.33 %) nursing staff working in general ward, 16 (53.33 %) were Staff Nurse/ Nurse Assistant, 12 (40 %) were belong to 10000 Rs-15000Rs, 17 (56.67 %) staff nurses were form nuclear family, 16 (53.33 %) were not have any information regarding laughter therapy. Interpretation and conclusion: The Laughter Therapy is a simple non Pharmacological intervention which should be carried out independently in the field of nursing. The over all experience of conducting this study was enriching hence it gives an opportunity to the investigator to acquire new information as well as learning experience. The experience of the investigator during the study and the findings helped the investigator to give suggestions and the recommendations for further studies.
Keywords: Married female Staff Nurses, Stress & Laughter Therapy