Korean J Fam Pract. 2017; 7(1): 99-104  https://doi.org/10.21215/kjfp.2017.7.1.99
A Study of Nurses’ Perception of the Comprehensive Nursing Service
Byungkook Kim, Kyung-Shik Lee*, Young-Kyu Park, Young-Ah Choi, Sung-Min Cho, So-Youn Kim, Gyeong-Yoon Han, Minji Shim
Department of Family Medicine, Bundang Jesaeng Hospital, Seongnam, Korea
Kyung-Shik Lee
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Received: March 12, 2016; Revised: June 11, 2016; Accepted: July 22, 2016; Published online: February 20, 2017.
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Background: Paid caregivers play an important role in the provision of nursing care in Korea. However, this traditional Korean caregiving system poses several problems. In an effort to resolve the problems, the Ministry of Health and Welfare initiated a pilot program entailing a comprehensive nursing service. This study examined nurses’ awareness of the comprehensive nursing service.
Methods: The study sample was made up of 102 nurses who work in a general hospital located in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. The questionnaires used in this study required information on general characteristics, opinions regarding the comprehensive nursing service, and nursing tasks.
Results: The nurse-to-patient ratio was 12−14 patients per nurse for 50.0% of the nurses. For 46.1% of the nurses, the ratio exceeded 15 patients per nurse. Most nurses did not understand the comprehensive nursing service properly. Nursing tasks including nutritional care, elimination care, and hygiene care were performed to a lower extent than other nursing tasks.
Conclusion: For the sake of a systematic, comprehensive nursing service, it is necessary to develop policies to establish criteria for nursing tasks, to enable recruitment of suitable nursing staff.
Keywords: Nurses; Nursing Services; Caregivers; Policy
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