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The Experiences of Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses Working in the Australian Healthcare System: An Integrative Literature Review

The Experiences of Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses Working in the Australian Healthcare System: An Integrative Literature Review

Journal of Transcultural Nursing 29(3): 274-284

International nurses account for 20% of the Australian nurse workforce. This review aims to identify and appraise research findings on the experiences of internationally qualified registered nurses working in the Australian healthcare system. The review was structured using Whittemore and Knafl modified framework for integrated reviews. A systematic database search was undertaken. Articles ( n = 48) were identified for appraisal based on set inclusion and exclusion criteria. Evaluation using the Critical Appraisal Skills Program tool resulted in ( n = 16) articles in the final data set. Three broad themes were identified: (a) Transitioning-Need for appropriate, timely, and adequate supports to assist transition to practice; (b) Practicing within local contexts-How expectations were different to the reality of clinical practice; and (c) Experiencing prejudice-when racial prejudice occurred. Appropriate programs including cultural-safety education can mitigate adverse workforce dynamics within culturally diverse health care teams to enable provision of culturally congruent health care.

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PMID: 29308706

DOI: 10.1177/1043659617723075

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