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Title: Organizational support in recruitment and transition of overseas-qualified nurses: Lessons learnt from a study tour
Contributor(s): Ohr, Seok (author); Jeong, Sarah (author); Parker, Vicki T (author)orcid ; McMillan, Margaret (author)
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1111/nhs.12085
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Abstract: The migration of nurses has been a global phenomenon, and the integration of overseas-qualified nurses within host countries has led to debate worldwide. Evidence suggests that support provided by organizations can vary and that there is minimal information on the nature and extent of organizational support required to enhance a smooth transition of overseas-qualified nurses into nursing practice. This explorative study tour examined the organizational support provided to enhance overseas-qualified nurses' transition into the nursing workforce in two countries. The various support mechanisms provided to overseas-qualified nurses in different organizations include transition, acculturation, mentoring programs, and initial settlement assistance. The successful transition of overseas-qualified nurses into a host country is a complex issue. A robust support system for these nurses should be based on ethical considerations and a team approach that is linked to strong leadership. In addition, education and support for existing staff is essential for a successful transition of overseas-qualified nurses into practice. Lessons learnt from this study tour might also be relevant to the transition of other overseas-qualified health professionals, such as doctors and allied health professionals, in host countries.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Nursing and Health Sciences, 16(2), p. 255-261
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1442-2018
Field of Research (FOR): 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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