Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the learning experiences of Filipino nurse immigrants new to the U.S. healthcare industry
by Smith, Walter L., Ed.D., Northern Illinois University, 2011, 178; 3473097
Abstract (Summary)

Precepting, coaching, and mentoring are teaching methods used extensively in nursing education in U.S. healthcare facilities. Filipino nurse immigrants have cultural backgrounds that may influence their experience with and perspectives of these learning interventions. Although Filipino nurse immigrants comprise approximately 0.2% of the population of Registered Nurses in the United States, and over 52% of the foreign-trained nurses in the United States (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2010), little is known about how they perceive their learning experiences in U.S. healthcare settings. Providing this population with on the job learning experiences sensitive to their cultural preferences could potentially enhance their learning, expedite their cultural acclimation and possibly lead to improved patient outcomes.

The method employed is a Qualitative Interview Study. Twelve Filipino nurse immigrants of varying tenure from several different Midwest healthcare institutions, both acute and long-term care facilities, are asked to share the stories of their learning experiences, both as they completed their formal education in the Philippines and as they began their nursing practice in the United States.

The goal of this dissertation is to discover and document the learning experiences of Filipino immigrant nurses, then reflect on those experiences using the conceptual frameworks of informal learning, the helping constructs, and cultural dimensions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Roth, Gene
Commitee: Watson, Lemuel, Young, Michele
School: Northern Illinois University
Department: Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 72/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Adult education, Nursing, Organizational behavior, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Acculturation, Culture, Health care industry, Immigration, Nursing, Philippines, Precepting, United States
Publication Number: 3473097
ISBN: 978-1-124-87217-9
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