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J Korean Acad Nurs. 2006 Feb;36(1):103-113. Korean. Original Article.
Kim SJ , Yi MS , Eun Y , Ko MH , Kim JH , Kim DO , Son HM , Choi KS .
Department of Nursing, Kangwon National University, Korea.
School of Nursing, Seoul National University, Korea.
The Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Gyeongsang National University, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Chodang University, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Daejun University, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Dongguk University, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Korea.

INTRODUCTION: It is important to understand the nature of the identity through the live experiences of Home Care Nurse Practitioner(HCNP) because the role identity of a professional is constructed by continuous social interactions, This study aims to understand the construction of the role identity of HCNP. METHOD: Data was collected from 12 hospital based HCNPs. This study involved two focus group discussion sand four in-depth individual interviews. The main question was "what is the role of HCNP?" The debriefing notes and field notes were analyzed using consistent comparative data analysis method. RESULT: First, Home care (HC) is a small clinic. HCNP brings it to home to provide various services. Second, HC is the real nursing and HCNP is the 'genuine' nurse who actualizes the essence of nursing in practice. Third, HC is empowering activity to promote self-care ability of the patients and their caregivers. Forth, HC is like the dish-spinning required high-level mastery and HCNP is an expert who provides the most appropriate services to the patients. CONCLUSION: HCNPs have the role identity as a highly qualified professional who delivers services from hospital to home, actualizes the essence of nursing in practice, empowers the patients and their caregivers to have self-efficacy to recover, and offers the most appropriate nursing care.

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