Foreign nursing students in the USA: problems in their educational experiences

Authors

  • Huda Abu-Saad RN PhD,

    1. Assistant Professor of Nursing in Biological Dysfunction, Anthropology Programme, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143, USA
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  • Jeanie Kayser-Jones RN FUD

    1. Assistant Professor, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, Anthropology Programme, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143, USA
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Abstract

With the increasing number of foreign nursing students enrolled in university nursing programmes in the United States and the paucity of relevant studies it would seem essential to assess the difficulties foreign nursing students encounter in their adjustment to university nursing programmes and to evaluate the mechanisms that facilitate their adaptation. Data from this study was based on the results of 82 questionnaires completed by foreign nursing students enrolled in university nursing programmes nationwide. Language difficulties, a faculty to a great extent unfamiliar with foreign cultures, rapid pace, insufficient clinical experience, and highly competitive programmes were found to cause the foreign nursing students problems in their educational experiences. In addition to identifying the difficulties foreign nursing students have in adjusting to a university nursing programme, this paper proposes and discusses changes that would help make the foreign nursing students’ experiences more meaningful and effective.

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