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Title: A phenomenological study of early nursing experiences in Hong Kong
Authors: Wong, FKY 
Lee, WM
Keywords: Adult learners
Clinical education
Death and dying
Health policy
Lived nursing experience
Professional socialization
Recruitment and retention
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: Journal of advanced nursing, 2000, v. 31, no. 6, p. 1509-1517 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of advanced nursing 
Abstract: The experience of primary professional socialization is crucial for neophytes to learn to become a nurse. These early nursing encounters may also have long-term effects on professional development of individual nurses. However, research into the early experiences of nurses has been poorly documented. This study endeavours to reveal the early lived nursing experience amongst a group of nurses in Hong Kong. This study adopts a phenomenological approach which involves the thematic analysis of the critical incidents provided by 77 subjects. Findings revealed that incidents associated with death and dying, and clinical learning embracing interpersonal relations and professional development, were the most memorable events. Nurses were in general not equipped adequately to communicate with the dying and the grieving relatives. The subjects disclosed that positive clinical encounters confirmed their value of nursing work and motivated them to stay in the profession. Conversely, the negative experiences made them seriously consider leaving nursing. A number of implications for nursing education have been drawn from the research findings.
ISSN: 0309-2402
EISSN: 1365-2648
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