International Perspectives: Responding to Similarities and Differences Between Filipino and American Nurses

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Donald D. Kautz, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Recruiting foreign nurses is one of the many strategies used in this country to decrease the nursing shortage.1 The Philippines is a world leader in preparing nurses for migration to the United States primarily because of the economic benefits and the opportunities for career mobility and a better quality of life.2 Nurses from the Philippines have had educational training similar to that in the United States, and they can speak English when they arrive in this country; however, they soon find that the similarities between the United States and Philippines are not as great as they had anticipated. We began recruiting Filipino nurses in 2000 to work in our 800-bed, Magnet-designated, level 1 trauma center and teaching hospital. With the recruitment efforts, the nursing department dedicated 1 staff development instructor to be the Filipino nurse liaison and assist the new employees. This liaison nurse is a long-time employee of the hospital and an expert in assisting new nurses to adapt to their units. In addition, the hospital offered opportunities for other nurses to learn more about the Philippines when the Filipino nurses came to work to reduce the chances of social isolation for Filipino nurses.

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Journal of Nursing Administration
Language: English
Date: 2009
Nursing, Multiculturalism

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