Skaria, R and Whitehead, D and Leach, L and Walshaw, M, Experiences of overseas nurse educators teaching in New Zealand, Nurse Education Today, 81 pp. 7-12. ISSN 0260-6917 (2019) [Refereed Article]
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Objectives: To investigate the experiences of overseas qualified nurse educators teaching in New Zealand nursing schools and relate this to the international context.
Design: A qualitative study using van Manen's hermeneutic approach to phenomenology. Methods: The lived experiences of 17 overseas qualified nurse educators were explored through in-depth, semi -structured individual interviews.
Results: The study revealed that overseas qualified nurse educators initially experienced a sense of non-belonging in New Zealand, while their separation from their homeland and migration to a new country resulted in a sense of disorientation. Integration was the preferred method of adaptation to New Zealand among the study participants. However, they wanted to choose which aspects of the new culture they would adopt and to what extent they would adapt.
Conclusion: The initial phase of adaptation was a difficult process for the majority of participants, however, it was found that the adaptation process was easier for the participants who were actively engaging in New Zealand society. Understanding and improving the experiences of overseas qualified nurse educators will enable nursing students to receive maximum educational benefits wherever they train in the world.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||cultural adaptation, integration, migration, non-belonging, overseas qualified nurse educators|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public health|
|Research Field:||Health promotion|
|Objective Group:||Evaluation of health and support services|
|Objective Field:||Health education and promotion|
|UTAS Author:||Whitehead, D (Dr Dean Whitehead)|
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