clark county struggles to acclimatize foreign nurses
las vegas sun - las vegas,nv,usa
las vegas (ap) - after four decades of recruiting nurses from other countries during a nursing shortage, health care officials in the united states are still having trouble acclimating those nurses to western society, a university of nevada, las vegas professor says.
yu xu, coordinator of unlv's phd in nursing program, is planning on developing a curriculum that can be used for hospitals nationwide.
without proper training, "the nurses lose, the hospital loses and, most importantly, the american public loses," he said.
proper nurse training can mean the difference between life and death, xu said. "because of the communication issues and the transitional issues, this has a direct bearing on patient safety," xu said...
the nursing profession has conducted little research into how to properly acclimate foreign nurses into the field, according to cheryl peterson, a senior policy analyst with the american nurses association.
"i think that we're finally paying attention to it," she said.
the association plans to hold a conference in chicago next month to discuss what some hospitals have found to be the best methods for helping the nurses to adjust.