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Clinical Work Experience of Korean Immigrant Nurses in U. S. Hospitals

Title
Clinical Work Experience of Korean Immigrant Nurses in U. S. Hospitals
Authors
Seo, KumsookKim, Miyoung
Ewha Authors
김미영
SCOPUS Author ID
김미영scopus
Issue Date
2016
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF KOREAN ACADEMY OF NURSING
ISSN
2005-3673JCR Link2093-758XJCR Link
Citation
vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 238 - 248
Keywords
ImmigrantsLanguage barriersNursesQualitative research
Publisher
KOREAN SOC NURSING SCIENCE
Indexed
SCIE; SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the meaning of the experience of Korean immigrant nurses working in US hospitals. Methods: Purposive sampling yielded 15 Korean immigrant nurses who had more than one year of clinical experience in US hospitals. Data were collected from March to August 2012 through in-depth interviews and thematic analysis was conducted using van Manen's hermeneutic phenomenological approach. Results: The findings were classified into eight themes: 'struggling from staff at workplace being territorial to outsiders', 'feeling oppressed due to language barrier', 'accepting rational and horizontal relationships at work', 'staying alert in the environment where lawsuits are rife', 'feeling a sense of stability from the social system that values human dignity', 'maintaining self-confidence from prominent nursing practices and' senior Korean nurses' professional reputation', 'performing essential comprehensive nursing care', 'promoting self-development to be equipped with professionalism.' Conclusion: The findings indicate that the Korean immigrant nurses were able to excel in their workplace when their clinical experience at US hospitals was combined with the lived space in US politics and environment, lived time of patience, lived body to be alert, and lived others with multi cultural characteristics.
DOI
10.4040/jkan.2016.46.2.238
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