J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs.  2010 Jun;21(2):188-199. 10.12799/jkachn.2010.21.2.188.

Nursing Students' Experience in Community Health Center Practice

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Dong-Eui Institute of Technology College, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Korean Bible University, Korea. agape90@bible.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The objective of this study was to understand the meaning of experience on community health centers (post) practice of nursing students.
METHODS
This is qualitative research using focus groups. Data were collected through in-depth interviews performed from November 10 to December 11, 2009. The focus group interviews were conducted to 22 nursing students on their subjective experiences. The data were analyzed by the Colaizzi's method, in which the meaningful statements were extracted.
RESULTS
Seven theme-clusters were identified from fourteen themes and thirty-one sub-themes. The seven theme-clusters were 1) widening of experiences; 2) feeling of warm heart; 3) feeling of satisfaction; 4) feeling of being unfulfilled; 5) difficulties; 6) new awareness; and 7) good memories.
CONCLUSION
Through a variety of relationships and self-regulation in community health centers (post) practice, the nursing students may have the feeling of worthiness, new awareness of community nursing, and visions for the future to rebuild.

Keyword

Nursing students; Community health centers; Qualitative research; Focus groups
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