I need to conduct an interview with a nurse who has practiced nursing in a country other than the United States, and then moved to the United States and still practiced as a nurse.
Therefore, If you feel like helping me out and have practiced as a nurse in both the U.S and a different country, please answer the questions below. This would be greatly apprecicated
In what country were you born?
In what country were you educated to be an RN?
What is the status of women, how are career women viewed in that country?
What constitutes an authority figure? Is it acceptable to question or challenge that figure?
What is the status of nurses/physicians? How does the salary compare to the USA?
What level of nursing care is given (basic care, skilled care, advanced life support, etc.)?
What are the duties of nurses in the native country?
How are expenses pain? Who is responsible?
What is the level of technology?
What is the cultures view of the elderly? Life support issues? Organ transplantation?
How are time and the use of time viewed?
How is personal space viewed? Touch? Eye contact?
What is the culture's attitude toward illness? Pain? Expression of emotion? Care of opposite sex?
How did you decide to practice in the US? What barriers did you encounter? What did you have to do to obtain licensure? How long did it take?
What were the differences you found in this health care system that conflicted with your nursing education, experience and role in your own culture?
Have you, as a "foreign" born and educated nurse encountered an prejudice or difficulty with patients, other nurses, doctors, and family members in the US? If so, how do you deal with this?
Do you have any other comments or questions?
Thank you so much for taking the time out to do this. It is greatly appreciated.
Danielle, Student Nurse Illinois
Last edit by suzanne4 on Dec 9, '07
: Reason: family name removed for your safety
Dec 8, '07
Moved to the Nursing Student Assistance Forum for more responses.