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The experiences of internationally recruited nurses in the UK (1995-2007): an integrative review

Nichols, J. and Campbell, J. (2010) The experiences of internationally recruited nurses in the UK (1995-2007): an integrative review. Journal Of Clinical Nursing. 19(19-20), pp. 2814-2823. 0962-1067.

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Abstract: Aim. This review explores the experiences of international nurses recently recruited to the UK nursing workforce (1995–2007) and the implications for retention. Background. An acute shortage of nurses in the mid 1990s, combined with policy initiatives to increase the number of qualified nurses working in the NHS, resulted in an active campaign to recruit nurses from overseas. Since 1997, approximately 100,000 international nurses have been admitted to the nursing register from more than 50 countries worldwide. Many practice areas are now dependent on overseas nurses as an essential part of their workforce. Design. An integrative review. Method. The review was conducted using a range of electronic databases to capture the experiences of this cohort of migrant nurses. Conclusion. Much literature has been generated over the past decade in relation to the experiences of international nurses recruited during this campaign. Five main themes emerged from the review: motivation for migration, adapting to British nursing, experiences of first world healthcare, feeling devalued and deskilled and vectors of racial discrimination. Although some positive experiences are described, significant numbers of nurses describe not feeling personally or professionally valued by the UK nursing establishment, common emotions expressed are disappointment and unmet expectations. This will have implications for job satisfaction and intention to leave or stay. Relevance to clinical practice. If overseas nurses choose to leave the UK in large numbers, the health services could face a severe staffing shortage. It is important that we listen carefully to their experiences to help identify priorities for policy and practice aimed at improving job satisfaction for migrant nurses and articulating the value that they bring to UK nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptation, deskilling, discrimination, experiences, literature review, migrant nurses, retention
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing > RT86 Transcultural nursing
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA410 Medical economics. Economics of medical care. Employment
R Medicine > RT Nursing > RT82 Nurse practitioners
Creators: Nichols, Julia and Campbell, Jackie
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Nursing
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Nursing
Date: October 2010
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 2814-2823
Journal or Publication Title: Journal Of Clinical Nursing
Volume: 19
Number: 19-20
Language: English
ISSN: 0962-1067
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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