Child Health Nurs Res.  2017 Jul;23(3):340-352. 10.4094/chnr.2017.23.3.340.

Korean Nursing Students' Experience of Ego Identity Development

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  • 1College of Nursing, Daegu Catholic University, Research Institute of Nursing Science, Daegu, Korea. hykoo@cu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was done to explore the experiences of ego identity development in Korean nursing students.
METHODS
Data were collected from 16 nursing students through in-depth interviews. The main question was, "Could you tell me your experience of developing an ego identity?" Data were analyzed using Strauss and Corbin's grounded theory methodology.
RESULTS
The core category of the experiences of ego identity development in Korean nursing students was "˜trying to be a different new person'. Action/interaction strategies were "˜solving the problem using experiences', "˜making one's own success story', and "˜making harmony with others'. Consequences were "˜being sure of oneself as a new person'.
CONCLUSION
Korean nursing students tried to use their experiences, achieve success, and harmonize with others. Their efforts were influenced by conflicts and supports of people around. Therefore, nurse educators should understand contextual and intervening conditions of nursing students, and try to help them achieve ego identities.

Keyword

Self concept; Students Nursing; Qualitative research

MeSH Terms

Ego*
Grounded Theory
Humans
Nursing*
Qualitative Research
Self Concept
Students, Nursing
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