J Korean Acad Fundam Nurs.  2019 May;26(2):96-106. 10.7739/jkafn.2019.26.2.96.

A Survey on Safety of Fundamentals of Nursing Practicum in Korea

  • 1Professor, Department of Nursing, Semyung University, Jecheon, Korea.
  • 2Professor, Department of Nursing, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Wonju, Korea.
  • 3Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, Eulji University, Seongnam, Korea.
  • 4Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Incheon Catholic University, Incheon, Korea.
  • 5Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Kongju National University, Gongju, Korea.
  • 6Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Catholic University of Pusan, Busan, Korea.
  • 7Assistant Professor, Red Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 8Professor, College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 9Professor, College of Nursing, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea.
  • 10Associate Professor, College of Nursing Science, East-West Nursing Research Institute, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. ykang@khu.ac.kr


The purpose of this study is to investigate the safety of nursing students during fundamentals of nursing practicum in Korea.
This study used a descriptive design. A total of 106 nursing instructors teaching fundamentals of nursing longer than one year participated in this study. Data were collected using self-report questionnaires from July 24 to August 28, 2018. The questionnaires consisted of general characteristics, characteristics of fundamentals of nursing course, physical and emotional safety issues during fundamentals of nursing practicum, and obtaining an informed consent prior to practicum.
The average number of physical safety accidents during practicum of fundamentals of nursing in the past 5 years was 1.12±2.44. The most common safety accident was punctured wound. The mean score of the participants' stress on physical safety accidents was 3.53±1.12 out of 5. The average number of emotional safety accidents of fundamentals of nursing practicum in the past 5 years was 1.05±2.72. The mean score of stress on emotional safety accident was 3.00±1.09 out of 5. We found that 47.2% of the participants obtained an oral consent or a written consent for safety of fundamentals of nursing practicum.
The results of this study indicate that it is necessary to establish safety strategies for fundamentals of nursing practicum for nursing students.


Accidents; Informed consent; Nursing instructor; Human body; Safety

MeSH Terms

Human Body
Informed Consent
Students, Nursing
Wounds and Injuries
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