Integration of Internationally Educated Nurses Into the U.S. Workforce

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Abstract

This study describes the integration experiences of internationally educated nurses, managers, and educators working in Northern California. The purpose of this qualitative pilot study was to explore the experiences of internationally educated nurses and the nurse managers and educators working with them, to understand the issues, and to highlight potential solutions for addressing integration challenges. Through interviews and qualitative analysis, successful strategies and persistent challenges were identified. Major themes identified included communication difficulties; financial challenges; the need for outside social support; and educational orientations focused on culture, nurse role, and communication techniques.

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