Foreign nurses

  1. A few years ago my facility took the foreign nurse route- we have several Indian nurses ( 1 male and the rest female) on my M/S unit. I'd like to know what kind of difficulties anyone has encountered, especially with "cultural unknowns", and how have you addressed them. For the most part, my foreign nurses are great- hard working, friendly, solid skills. I'd never had any real problems when I was a night supervisor, but there are a few things I'm trying to work out now that I stepped into the role of department manager ( about 6 months ago).

    Thank you!
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  3. by   jsteine1
    Quote from Turk182
    A few years ago my facility took the foreign nurse route- we have several Indian nurses ( 1 male and the rest female) on my M/S unit. I'd like to know what kind of difficulties anyone has encountered, especially with "cultural unknowns", and how have you addressed them.
    Thank you!

    We hit a number of snags, all cultural in nature. some sects of Indian males cannot provide any care for females at all. thats makes assignments difficult.
    The other issues are holidays unique to their country that they expect to take off here in addition to the regularly allowed holidays in this country. I have seen a lot of pre-employment deals allowing 6 weeks off continuously to allow for visits to their homeland. Im not suggesting that this is paid time, but their spot has to be held for their return and strains staffing or increases agency use. Males from certain countries, due to their cultural norms have enormous dfficulty being supervised by female managers.
  4. by   suzanne4
    Can you be more specific in the types of issues that you are having?
  5. by   almukbali
    and then ;.......
  6. by   Turk182
    I'm sorry, I didn't get what you were getting at.

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