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  • Journal title : Journal of Digital Convergence
  • Volume 14, Issue 1,  2016, pp.219-227
  • Publisher : The Society of Digital Policy and Management
  • DOI : 10.14400/JDC.2016.14.1.219
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Graduate school experiences of married women in the nursing profession
Shin, Ja Hyun; Kang, Kyung-Ok; Lee, Su-Jin; Kim, Hyun-Sook;
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The purpose of this study is to gain an understanding of the experiences of nurses in graduate school who fill multiple professional roles. The research`s participants were women in the nursing profession studying towards postgraduate degrees. Their experiences were analyzed using Colaizzi`s phenomenological method of qualitative research. The results showed that participants feel constantly short of time, pressure from the demands of their study, guilt owing to inability to fulfill family commitments, struggles related to the conflicts of multiple roles, and the feeling of satisfaction from accomplishing professional goals. This paper suggests that if nurses undergoing graduate study have an organized support system to help them perform the roles, they will find an identity in the nursing profession and will take care of their patients more professionally as a result. Such support depends in part on health administrators` greater understanding of the nurses` circumstances.
Nursing profession;Married women;Graduate school life;Phenomenology;Qualitative research;
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