Supporting Workplace Integration of Immigrant Nurses through Education
Guinyawan, Kerryl; Napeek, Aimelyn Joy; Napeek, Jessica Chris (2019)
Napeek, Aimelyn Joy
Napeek, Jessica Chris
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This thesis is a part of a Nationwide research initiative sponsored by the Finnish government named TyöPeda that seeks to develop bridges between working life and higher education institutions. The purpose of this literature review is to investigate the learning opportunities available for immigrant nurses to ease their transition into working life. The research questions that guided this investigation were; (i) What are continuing education and lifelong learning? (ii) What types of continuing education are offered to immigrant nurses and where are these offerings available? And (iii) What are the needs of immigrant professional nurses in terms of competence development and life-long learning? The theoretical framework guiding this study is Lewin's Social Change Theory. A literature review of thirty articles were used as the methodological approach. This study was qualitative. An inductive approach using the Graneheim & Lundman’s method was used to collect and analyze the data. Findings reveal that immigrant nurses engage in continuing education and there are various learning opportunities available for the group. However, although there are available opportunities, various barriers hinder the immigrant nurses in accessing these opportunities. The main finding from our study relates to the importance of a well-developed standard integration program and credentialing method. With this in mind, additional studies could be done to help support developing a standard integration program and credentialing method for immigrant nurses. Moreover, authors recommend further studies on the types of support relating to the kinds of education offerings specifically for immigrant nurses in countries like Finland where English is not the national language.