Abstract Public health nurses have historically been on the front line in meeting the needs of refugees in their practice communities. Little nursing research has been focused on the needs of refugees, however. The purpose of this integrative literature review was to clarify research focused on the needs of one refugee group, southeast Asians. The integrating factors reviewed were the instruments used, sampling procedures, statistical methods, and clarification of independent and dependent variables. Power analyses were computed on three of the studies to critique further the appropriateness of sample size. Findings indicate that premigration experiences, especially violence, play an important role in health status and adaptation after settling in the United States. Since health problems are often manifested in cultural ways different from Western norms, public health nurses would benefit from continued research clarifying the needs of individuals from other cultures.