J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs.  2010 Dec;21(4):468-480. 10.12799/jkachn.2010.21.4.468.

The Process of Nurses' Experience in Public Health Program Performance

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  • 1Division of Nursing Science, College of Health Science, Ewha Womans University, Korea. jeong380@hanmail.net

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was to describe and develop public health nursing.
METHODS
Data were collected from 19 nurses sampled from 5 public health centers. The grounded theory of Strauss and Corbin (1990) was applied.
RESULTS
As a result, 48 concepts, 23 subcategories, and 11 categories were deduced from open coding. In axial coding, casual conditions 'facing difficulties of practical administration' and 'attaching importance to health support for residents' and context condition 'assessing of residents' service needs' impacted phenomenon 'searching for efficient performing methods.' Intervening conditions 'forming of support system' and 'working with positive,' and action-interaction conditions 'improving of resident's health and medical accessibility' and 'striving for self-development' lead to consequences 'carried out promptly for field-based problem solving,' 'mastered of successful program planning methods' and 'solving the issues with existing style.' The periods of process were divided into 4 stages, confirming program-contents, probing program-method, developing program-strategies, and applying program-competencies. The core category, 'strengthening of practical-planning work competencies' incorporated the relationship between and among all categories and explained the process.
CONCLUSION
This study described public health nurses' performance in Korea. These findings have important implications for the practice and must be considered to develop competencies for planning and practice of public health.

Keyword

Nurses; Public health nursing
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