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The Journal of Korean Academic Society of Nursing Education 1998;4(1):107-119.
Published online June 30, 1998.
A Study about the Human Communication of the Oriental Medicine Nurse-Patient : 'Ritual Communication'
Jun Myung-Hee;
Department of Nursing, College of Oriental Medicine, Taejon University
한방간호사-환자 관계의 인간커뮤니케이션 이해 : 의례적 커뮤니케이션
대전대학교 한의과대학 간호학과
This study tried to answer the question : 'How does the human communication happen at the oriental medicine hospital between nurse and patient?' To answer that, a micro-ethnographic research method was used. Researcher visited T university hospital of oriental medicine and observed nurse-patient communication from September 1997 to December 1997. The data was obtained through participant observation, interview, audio-tape recording, home video camera, field note-taking, and related documents. After reviewing the whole data and deliberate analysis, first, I learned that most oriental medicine nurses communicate with their patients for their routine nursing job like recording, hand-over to the next duty, report to doctor, etc. I named this type of communication as 'ritual communication'. Second, I can define major argument as follow : Human communication of oriental medicine between nurse and patient is performed more frequently and variously when nurse contacts the patient for the routine nursing activities than for the incidental activities. As a result of these understandings, I suggest that oriental nursing need to develop the body of knowledge and expand its role and independent nursing activity. Also the bureaucratic hospital management centered doctors must be changed reasonalbly.
Key Words: Human Communication, Oriental Nursing
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