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dc.contributor.advisorDr. Judith C Drew PhD, RNen_US
dc.creatorMini M Joseen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-20T16:04:27Z
dc.date.available2008-06-17en_US
dc.date.available2011-12-20T16:04:27Z
dc.date.created2008-03-27en_US
dc.date.issued2008-03-12en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-03272008-224121en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152.3/69
dc.description.abstractThe overall goal of this study was to explore and describe the lived experiences of foreign educated nurses (FENs) working in the United States of America (US). Since World War II, the US has recruited FENs to fill recurring workplace vacancies of registered nurses (RNs). Despite this long history, few studies have examined the lived experiences of FENs who face challenges of different languages and communication styles, cultural diversities and lifestyle practices, and professional and workplace expectations. A review of literature about challenges facing other foreign-educated professionals revealed high levels of acculturative stress related to workplace role ambiguity, unclear expectations, and communication barriers and the necessity of investigating their lived experiences to guide future support programs. These findings supported the significance of this exploratory and descriptive study that employed a phenomenology of practice research approach to answer the question: What are the lived experiences of foreign educated nurses working in United States of America? A purposive sample of 20 FENs immigrated to the US from The Philippines, India, and Nigeria within the last five years was recruited for the study. Primary data were the narratives collected during interviews. Data were collected until saturation and redundancy were observed. Assigning code numbers, interviewing participants in private places, and maintaining all study materials in locked files were methods used to protect confidentiality. Interview data were transcribed, coded, and clustered during thematic analysis guided by Giorgi (1985). Findings were six emergent themes that captured the essences of 17 conceptual categories: Dreams of a better life, Difficulties of the journey, A shocking reality, Rising above the challenges, Feeling and doing better, and ready to help others. Truth value and scientific rigor of the study were evaluated using the standards of: (1) descriptive vividness, (2) methodological congruence, (3) analytical preciseness, (4) theoretical correctness, and (5) heuristic relevance (Burns & Grove, 2003) and Lincoln& Guba’s (1985) criteria of trustworthiness. Berry and Kim’s (1988) model of acculturation was found to be a fitting context for the comparison of this study’s findings with extant knowledge about acculturative experiences of immigrants.en_US
dc.format.mediumelectronicen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the TDL web site by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en_US
dc.subjectphenomenology of practiceen_US
dc.subjectphenomenologyen_US
dc.subjectinternational nursesen_US
dc.subjectGiorgi Methoden_US
dc.subjectforeign nursesen_US
dc.subjectcultural adaptationen_US
dc.subjectacculturative stressen_US
dc.subjectacculturationen_US
dc.titleA phenomenological study of the lived experiences of foreign educated nurses working in the United States of America.en_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
dc.type.genredissertationen_US
thesis.degree.namePhDen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas Medical Branchen_US
thesis.degree.departmentNursingen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDr. Terry Throckmorton PhD, RNen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDr. Jeanne Ruiz PhD, RN , WHNP.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDr. Elnora(nonie) Mendias PhD, RN, FNPen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDr. Ellarene Duis PhD, RN, CNAA, BCen_US


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