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J Korean Gerontol Nurs. 2014 Dec;16(3):220-230. Korean.
Published online Dec 31, 2014.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17079/jkgn.2014.16.3.220
© 2014 Korean Gerontological Nursing Society
Nurses' Experiences in Caring for Elderly Inpatients in a Medical Center
Ga Eon Lee,*1Jung Kum Cho,2Seung Hee Ham,2and Myeong Yun Jeong2
1Department of Nursing, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea.
2Dong-A University Hospital, Busan, Korea.

*Corresponding author: Lee, Ga Eon. Department of Nursing, Dong-A University, 32 Daeshingongwon-ro, Seo-gu, Busan 602-714, Korea. Tel: +82-51-240-2885, Fax: +82-51-240-2920, Email: gelee@dau.ac.kr
Received August 18, 2014; Revised September 18, 2014; Accepted October 09, 2014.

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The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of nurses who care for elderly patients in an acute care hospital.


Data were collected using one on one interviews and analyzed using a phenomenological approach. The participants were twelve nurses who worked on the wards of a medical center, B city, Korea.


Six themes were identified: 'Work pressure', 'Needs for hospital infrastructure for elderly inpatients', 'Ambivalence toward elders', 'Needs for professional nursing practice in care for elderly patients', 'Angry with irresponsible family caregivers', and 'Feels worth in caring for elders'.


The results of this study indicate a need to expand the number of gerontological nursing personnel and the construction of a hospital infrastructure that would improve the quality of care for elderly patients. More studies are needed to explore the experiences of hospitalized elderly patients and their families.

Keywords: Elderly, Geriatric nursing, Nurse, Qualitative research.


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Nurses' Experiences in Caring for Elderly Inpatients in a Medical Center


This research was supported by the Dong-A University research fund.

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