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J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 2014 Jun;25(2):85-96. Korean. Original Article.
Kim HK , Eun Y , June KJ , So AY , Kim HG , Eom MR , Song YY , Choi ES , Park JY , Kim HS .
College of Nursing, Research Institute of Nursing Science, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Korea.
College of Nursing, Institute of Health Sciences, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Soonchunhyang University, Cheonan, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Gangneung-Wonju National University, Wonju, Korea.
College of Nursing, Gachon University, Sungnam, Korea.
Departement of Nursing, Mokpo National University, Muan, Korea.
Department of Nursing, ChungCheong University, Cheongwon, Korea.
College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.
Graduate School, College of Nursing, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea.
Graduate School, Department of Nursing, Soonchunhyang University, Cheonan, Korea.

PURPOSE: This study was performed to identify job competencies and needs for job education perceived by new community health practitioners. METHODS: This study used a qualitative research design. Eight new community health practitioners participated in this study. Data were collected through in-depth interviews and analyzed using content analysis. RESULTS: Five job competencies were identified in this study, including primary care, public health management, interpersonal relationship, teaching and counseling, and leadership. The contents of job education that they needed were management of major symptoms and chronic diseases, understanding and prescription of medications, emergency responses and care, management of endemic diseases, planning and management of public health programs, writing official documentsand computer works, and leadership training. The learning methods they preferred were connecting theory and practice, situation- or case-based learning, skill- or practice-based learning, and increased opportunities of clinical practice. CONCLUSION: The findings of this study provided the direction of job education for new community health practitioners. Job education for new community health practitioners needs to consider the job competencies and educational needs identified in this study.

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