J Korean Acad Fundam Nurs.  2017 May;24(2):106-117. 10.7739/jkafn.2017.24.2.106.

Nurses' Experience of Inpatients' Falls

  • 1Department of Nursing . Research Institute for Basic Sciences, Hoseo University, Asan, Korea. yujeong@hoseo.edu


The purpose
of this study was to identify nurses' experience of falls by inpatients.
From December 30, 2015 to February 22, 2016 data were collected through in-depth individual interviews and analyzed using Colaizzi's phenomenological method. Participants were 11 clinical nurses and 2 head nurses.
Nurses' experience related to inpatients' falls were categorized as follows: ‘ emotional impact after falls’, ‘ responsibility for falls’, ‘ changes after experience of falls’, ‘ burden of reporting falls’, ‘ difficulty in preventing falls’, ‘ seeking new strategies for fall prevention’
The findings from this study suggest that there is a need to develop programs to help nurses overcome the emotional impact of falls. Also education should be provided to patients, caregivers and health providers in order to prevent falls and improve patient safety.


Falls; Nurses; Qualitative research; Life experiences
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