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J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2018 Jun;27(2):110-122. Korean.
Published online Jun 29, 2018.
© 2018 The Korean Academy of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Clinical Practice Stress and Coping Experience of Men in Nursing as a Student
Sejin Ju,1 Jung Hyun Choi,1 Chunmi Kim,2 Doo Nam Oh,3 and Myung Sook Park4
1Department of Nursing, Namseoul University, Cheonan, Korea.
2Department of Nursing, Sunmoon University, Asan, Korea.
3Department of Nursing, Hoseo University, Asan, Korea.
4Department of Nursing, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea.

Corresponding author: Ju, Sejin. Department of Nursing, Namseoul University, 91 Daehakro, Seonghwan-eup, Seobuk-gu, Cheonan 31020, Korea. Tel: +82-41-580-2714, Fax: +82-41-580-2931, Email:
Received Feb 21, 2018; Revised May 14, 2018; Accepted Jun 11, 2018.

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The purpose of this study was to understand the stress coping experience of men nursing students in clinical practice.


In-depth interview were done using semi-structured questionnaire with 25 men nursing students taking clinical practice. Data were analyzed using grounded theory.


Core category of coping experience of these nursing students was ‘a rolling stone’. Students' coping strategies were ‘women centered environment’, ‘physical difficulty’, ‘lack of sufficient role models’, and ‘age related’. Helping components for their coping behaviors were ‘individual characteristics’, ‘attitude to men nursing student’, ‘one's vision of nursing’, and ‘gender equality in nursing culture’. The consequence of this phenomenon were ‘a sense of belonging’, ‘building gender free nursing identity’, ‘nursing pride acquisition’ and ‘dream of nursing expert’.


Men nursing students emphasized ‘growing as a mature nursing student’ in clinical practice.

Keywords: Men; Students, Nursing; Adaptation, psychological; Qualitative research


Figure 1
The paradigm model of coping experience of men nursing students in clinical practice.
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Table 1
Concepts, Subcategories, Categories, and Composition of Paradigm Related to Coping Experience in Clinical Practice of Men Nursing Students
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This research was supported by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2017R1D1A1B03028538).

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST:The authors declared no conflict of interest.

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