nursing student wondering if nurses get treated different if from different countries

  1. hi am a first year student with a presentation due.
    i was wondering if any nurses moving to start up work in another country find that they get treated differently.
    if so how do you feel about this.
    how do nurses feel about "foreign nurses" coming over and working?
    i would be grateful for any help.
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  3. by   suzanne4
    I love working with foreign nurses.............no problem on my end at all. :Melody:
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    I love working with foreign trained nurses they add diversity to knowledge and might even have ways which improve the work you do and care you provide. Plus they ussually bring in some of their goodies that they have at home and give you something authentic to eat instead of a companies interpretation
  5. by   madwife2002
    I enjoy working with foreign nurses, I find they contribute greatly to ward environment. We have a lovely Indian girl working our ward and her calm approach to situations is enjoyed by staff and patients alike. Her nursing care is second to none. We also have a fillopeno nurse who is efficient, kind and so hard working. :Melody:
  6. by   mattsmom81
    In my experience, the only problem encountered by foreign nurses is if they do not have adequate language skills in their new country. In the US, many foreign trained nurses from an ESL nation believe their English skills are adequate, only to learn the locals (staff and patients) do not agree. One response I have seen that negatively affects them is if they go back to speaking their native tongue around the workplace with others of their native country, further alienating themselves. It becomes a vicious cycle in some cases, unfortunately, and these are likely the nurses who 'feel treated differently'.

    I have worked with some lovely nurses trained in other countries. The successful ones understood they needed to continuously work on their language and cultural skills, and these were generally well received by all.

    So IMO how they are treated is highly dependent on the foreign nurses' behavior.
  7. by   scotsnurse
    thanks everyone all of the posts have really helped me.
    :hatparty:
  8. by   madwife2002
    Quote from mattsmom81
    In my experience, the only problem encountered by foreign nurses is if they do not have adequate language skills in their new country. In the US, many foreign trained nurses from an ESL nation believe their English skills are adequate, only to learn the locals (staff and patients) do not agree. One response I have seen that negatively affects them is if they go back to speaking their native tongue around the workplace with others of their native country, further alienating themselves. It becomes a vicious cycle in some cases, unfortunately, and these are likely the nurses who 'feel treated differently'.

    I have worked with some lovely nurses trained in other countries. The successful ones understood they needed to continuously work on their language and cultural skills, and these were generally well received by all.

    So IMO how they are treated is highly dependent on the foreign nurses' behavior.

    I have to agree with your comments on the language barrier, as I know areas in my hospital have had huge problems with RN's who cannot communicate effectively in English.
    My friend interviewed a nurse who culd only smile and say yes to everything but applied for senior nurse post in CCU.
    Fortunatly this is not a problem we have on our unit.


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