Clinical practice experience of doctor of philosophy nurses in South Korea: a qualitative study

Miyoung Kim, Jihae Lee, Sujin Choi

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Purpose: This study aimed to gain a broader understanding of the clinical practice experience of Doctor of Philosophy nurses working in nursing positions. Method: Participants were 15 full-time nurses who are current Doctor of Philosophy candidates or have acquired a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews and the participants’ diaries, which were analysed using a descriptive qualitative method. Results: The patient care experiences of Doctor of Philosophy nurses in clinical practice were grouped into four themes: “providing evidence-based and patient-specific education,” “proactively taking responsible for communicating with patients,” “enhancing the quality of nursing through reflective attitudes,” and “advocating for patients using a multifaceted approach.” The factors facilitating or inhibiting clinical practice were identified with three themes. Conclusion: This study revealed that the Doctor of Philosophy nurses used the knowledge and experience they gained in their Doctor of Philosophy nursing programme to serve as role models for the advancement of nursing education and evidence-based practice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2123939
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022

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Funding Information:
The author(s) reported there is no funding associated with the work featured in this article. We would like to express our gratitude to all of the participants that contributed to this study.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Evidence-based nursing
  • nurses
  • nursing education
  • patient advocacy
  • qualitative research


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