Korean J Occup Health Nurs.  2009 Nov;18(2):174-184.

Recapturing the Lives and Experiences of Korean Nurses Dispatched to Germany in the 1960s and 1970s

Affiliations
  • 1Nursing Department, Daejeon University; Nursing Science Research Institute, Chung-Ang University, Korea.
  • 2Nursing Department, Kangwon National University, Korea. swhongks77@freechal.com
  • 3Nursing Department, Chung-Ang University, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
While there exist a good number of studies on Korean nurses who were dispatched to Germany in 1960s and 1970s in sociological or labor economic perspectives, there have been few studies on their experiences from a nursing perspective. The purpose of this study is to recapture their lives and experiences from a nursing point of view.
METHODS
This paper adopts an Agar's ethnographic approach which is more suitable to investigate personal qualitative experiences of those Korean nurses. The data were collected from group discussion and individual interview, and field observation with 10 dispatched Korean nurses.
RESULTS
The experiences of those dispatched nurses to Germany can be summarized into three themes: challenging to life, embracing new life, and giving a meaning to life. Challenging to life involved 'hope and anxiety,' and embracing new life was reflected by 'wonderment and envy' and 'loneliness and sorrow.' Lastly, they took pride in their contributions to their mother country and also felt something lacking that they had not been properly evaluated.
CONCLUSION
By rediscovering their lives and experiences from a nursing perspective, this study argues for more future studies to reexamine their impact and contribution to the nursing field in Korea.

Keyword

Korean nurses; Germany; Experiences; Nursing approach; Ethnography
Full Text Links
  • KJOHN
Actions
Cited
CITED
export Copy
Close
Share
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
Similar articles
Copyright © 2021 by Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors. All rights reserved.     E-mail: koreamed@kamje.or.kr