Becoming Gold-Plated: Chinese Nurses Studying Abroad
Article first published online: 2 OCT 2007
Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 131–134, June 1995
How to Cite
Wang, R. Y. and Lethbridge, D. J. (1995), Becoming Gold-Plated: Chinese Nurses Studying Abroad. Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 27: 131–134. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.1995.tb00836.x
- Issue published online: 2 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 2 OCT 2007
- Accepted for publication February 9, 1994.
The purpose of this interpretive study is to describe the experience of Chinese nurses studying abroad. Twenty-three nurses living in Taiwan, who had studied in the United States for university degrees, were interviewed in 7 990. A central process was “Becoming gold-plated.” The first major theme was “Enormous pressure and sacrifice,” with the subthemes of “Self-doubt,”“Language difficulties,”“Isolation and loneliness,” and “Separation and guilt.” The second major theme was “Transformed self,” with subthemes of “High aspiration” and “New perspective on life.” In spite of the hardships of study abroad, Chinese nurses felt pride in their accomplishment and self-respect for the knowledge and sophistication they gained.