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J Korean Acad Nurs. 2003 Oct;33(6):722-730. Korean. Original Article.
Shin KR , Cha EJ , Kim YH .
College of Nursing Science, Ewha Womans University, Korea.
Center for Health Promotion, Samsung Medical Center, Korea.
Nursing Department, Ewha Womans University, Korea.

PURPOSE: This study attempted to describe the essential structure of the lived experience of a students transferring into the nursing program. METHOD: The data was collected from 14 graduates and undergraduates who enrolled in nursing school as transfer students. The analysis of the data was made by phenominological analytic method suggested by Colaizzi(1978). RESULT: In this study, 6 essential themes were extracted: 'Constant anxiety of being a stranger', 'Feeling of constant burden', 'Thankfulness of a clinical practice group', 'Being supportive with each other between transferring students', 'Pleasure of studying a desired major', 'Feeling the responsibility of own choice of a new major'. CONCLUSION: With rapidly increasing number of transferring students, the significance of this study in the field of nursing is that by understanding the transferring experience of nursing students, it describes the need of systematic and emotional support for transferring students.

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