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Japanese and Korean Nursing Students' Motivation for Joining Disaster Relief Activities as Nurses in the Future

Choe, Myoung-Ae PhD, RN, FAAN; Kuwano, Noriko PhD, RN, MW, PHN; Bang, Kyung-Sook PhD, RN; Cho, Mi-Kyoung PhD, RN; Yatsushiro, Rika PhD, RN; Kawata, Yuki RN

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000291

The purpose of this study was to identify differences in motivation for joining disaster relief activities as a nurse in the future between Japanese and Korean nursing students. A descriptive 2-group comparative study design was used. The participants were 721 first- to fourth-year nursing students (Japanese, n = 324; Korean, n = 397). From June to September 2014, data were collected through a researcher-administered questionnaire and self-reported answers. The collected data were analyzed by descriptive statistics, the χ2 test, and the t test.

No significant difference was found between Japanese and Korean students in motivation to join domestic relief activities should a disaster occur in the area in which they lived. Compared with Korean students, Japanese students strongly agreed that it is necessary to carry out relief work across borders when disasters occur in foreign countries (p = .001). Meanwhile, Japanese students showed less motivation than Korean students to join relief activities in other domestic areas and foreign countries (p = .020).

The results of this study suggest that the motivation of Japanese students to join disaster relief activities as nurses in the future should a disaster occur in other domestic areas and foreign countries needs to be increased. The results also suggest that undergraduate students should be well prepared for disasters through disaster nursing education, including practical training, disaster drills, and simulation.

College of Nursing, The Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (Dr Bang); Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Megusuno, Oita, Japan (Drs Kuwano and Choe); College of Nursing, Eulji University, Seongnam-si, Republic of Korea (Dr Cho); School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan (Dr Yatsushiro); and Toranomon Hospital, Tokyo, Japan (Ms Kawata).

Correspondence: Myoung-Ae Choe, PhD, RN, FAAN, Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences, 2944-9 Megusuno, Oita, Japan, 870-1201 (;

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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