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Career Advancement and Education Opportunities: Experiences and Perceptions of Internationally-Educated Nurses

  • Author / Creator
    Salma, Jordana
  • The recruitment of internationally-educated nurses (IENs) is increasing in Canada, as a strategy to remedy nursing shortages. Effective recruitment and retention are needed, if this strategy is to be deemed a success. One of the criteria for successful retention is the availability and accessibility of career advancement and education opportunities. Little research exists on the opportunities for career advancement and education for IENs in Canada. This interpretive descriptive study was conducted to look at the perceptions of IENs regarding education and career advancement opportunities in Alberta, Canada. Eleven IENs were interviewed using semi-structured interviews. Eight themes were identified: Motherhood as a priority, communication challenges, learning a new culture, the process of skill recognition, perceptions of opportunity, personal responsibility for success, personal definition of advancement, and need for mentorship.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Masters of Nursing
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3GT0G
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Faculty of Nursing
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Kathy Hegadoren (nursing)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Anne Sales (nursing)
    • Linda Ogilvie (nursing)
    • Kathryn Dong (medicine)