J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.  2014 Sep;23(3):165-175. 10.12934/jkpmhn.2014.23.3.165.

The Experience of the Stop-out of Female Nursing Students

Affiliations
  • 1Korean Traditional Medical Department, Dongshin University, Naju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Dongshin University, Naju, Korea. callm68@hanmail.net

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was to identify the stop-out experiences of female nursing students. Stop-out is defined as the withdrawal temporarily from enrollment at a university.
METHODS
Data was collected through in-depth individual interviews from February 2013 to February 2014 (N=8) and analyzed with Colaizzi's phenomenological methodology. The participants were interviewed once or twice, for 30minutes to 1hour per interview.
RESULTS
Five theme-clusters were identified from 14 themes. The theme-clusters were 'Craving for self-directed life', 'Anxiety about leaving regular orbit', 'Responsibility for selection of the stop-out', 'Reinvention of self and nursing major', and 'Making of mental power'.
CONCLUSION
The results showed that the stop-out experience of female nursing students in this study has positive aspects in craving for self-directed life and challenges to live a new life. Therefore research is needed on various angles in studying stop-out experience as well as balance quantitative and qualitative research methods. Also it is suggested that continuous managements should be given to the students during stop-out period.

Keyword

Qualitative research; Stop-out; Nursing students
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