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Gun Ja Jang 2 Articles
The Degree of Burden of Family Caregivers as Related to the Level of ADL of Patients with Strokes
Hyun Mi Kim, Jum Hee Park, Gun Ja Jang
J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 1998;9(2):362-373.   Published online December 31, 1998
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This study was designed and undertaken to identify the degree of burden of family caregivers for patients who had a stroke as the burden is related to the ADL of the patients. The data were collected from October 3rd, 1997 to March 20th, 1998. The subjects in this study were 126 caregivers as family members and 126 patients with strokes who were hospitalized in two oriental medicine hospitals and four general hospitals located in Taegue and Pusan City. The questionnaires consisted of questions regarding burden(25 items) of caregivers and ADL (25 items) of patients with strokes. Data were analyzed using percentages, mean, t-test and ANOV A done with the SPSS program. The results of this study were as follows: 1. The score for family caregiver's burden was higher than the middle score. 2. The family caregivers' age had statistically significant differences in the degree of burden. 3. The age and sex of patients affected the burden of caregivers significantly. That is, caregivers felt more of a burden when caring for the patient group in their sixties than in any other age group and female patients created more of a burden than male patients. 4. There was a statistically significant difference in the degree of caregiver burden according to the level of patient ADL.
A Study of the Professional Self Concept of Clinical Nurses
Hyun Mi Kim, Mi Hye Hwang, Sung Ju Jeon, Gun Ja Jang
J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 1997;8(2):327-336.   Published online December 31, 1997
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The major purpose of this study was to survey the professional self concept of clinical nurses. The subjects consisted of 894 nurses who are working at 10 general hospital in Daegu, Pusan, and Kyungsang-do. The nurses were surveyed from November 22, 1996 to March 7, 1997. The data were analyzed using an SPSS/PC program. The results were as follows: 1. The average score of PSCNI was 72.11 points. And average item score was 2.67 points, this score means mid level in professional self concept. 2. A comparison of the scores for the dimensions of the PSCNI were as follows: the mean item score of professional practice, 2.76 points; satisfaction, 2.39 points; communication, 2.83 points. Thus, the score for communication was highest. 3. The relationship between general characteristics and the PSCNI showed a significant difference in regard to age(P=.000), religion (P=.012), educational level(P=.001), marital status(P=.000), period of nursing career(P=.000) and position(P=.002). But, there were no significant differences with regard to the field of work. In conclusion, this study suggests that we need to develop a program for improving professional self concept of clinical nurses.

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