Learning Experiences of Nurses Who Participated in Vocational Training on Development of Caring Behaviors: A Phenomenological Qualitative Study


International Congress of Blacksea Nursing Education, Samsun, Turkey, 12 - 14 October 2017, pp.7

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Samsun
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.7
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes



The aim of this study is to deeply examine the experiences of nurses who participated in vocational training on development of caring behaviors.


The design of this study was descriptive and phenomenological. Individual in-depth interviews were used to reach the nurses' experiences who worked in Antalya and participated in vocational training -30 hours theoretical and 30 hours practical- on development of caring behaviors. Purposive sampling was used and the data reached to the saturation with 10 nurses. The data were collected between May to June 2017 with a 6-item open-ended personal information form and a semi-structured interview form consisting of 5 main, 11 sub and sounding questions. Colaizzi’ content analysis method was used.


Six of participants in the study were manager nurse and rest of them were clinical nurses. Three main themes and 12 sub-themes were obtained from data analysis.  First theme was “a clarification of caring philosophy” with three subthemes “defining the philosophy of care”, “basic values ??in care” and “criticism to routine”. Second theme was “a transferable learning experience” with five themes “healing key”, “refreshing in nursing”, “opening new doors”, “increasing caring consciousness” and “permanent learning with simulations”. Last theme was “transition of caring behaviours to practice” with four subthemes “searching for ways to teach caring behaviours”, “barrier perception in practice”, “reflection on clinics” and “emergence of professional presence”.


With this study, a qualitative research was made on vocational training about development of caring behaviors which was conducted for the first time in Turkey. It was seen that the caring behaviors were learned extensively, the most important, nurses started to transfer these behaviors to their clinical practices. It was recommended to disseminate this training in nursing education.

Keywords: Development of caring behaviors, learning experiences, phenomenological qualitative study, vocational training