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Transfer-students' Lived Experience of the First Semester in the Baccalaureate Nursing Program : University Life Adjustment and Crisis Overcome

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2012, 8(5), pp.123-142
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

KIM, KON HEE 1 Hwang, Eunhee 2

1부산가톨릭대학교
2원광대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to understand and describe what transfer-students experienced in their first semester of the baccalaureate nursing program. The participants were ten juniors who enrolled in nursing school as transfer students. They were asked to record and describe whatever they wanted to tell the researcher about transferring into the nursing program. Their records included their feelings, thoughts, and so on. The data was collected from April to June, 2011 and was analyzed using Colaizzi's phenomenological method. In this study, six essential themes were extracted: ‘Re-engineering my life’, ‘adaptation to a new system’, ‘branded as transfer students’, ‘current chaos: mixing fluster and concern’, ‘tied to school’, and ‘answering for my decision’. Recently, the number of transfer students in nursing schools increased rapidly as nursing schools were expanding in size in response for the shortage of nurses at government level. However, issues related to the adaptations of transfer students were not discussed so far. On the basis of this result, we can understand the transferring experiences of nursing students and provide systematic and emotional support for them. Additionally, we can develop curriculum appropriate for them which in turn might lead to high-quality educated nurses.

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