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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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RODRIGUEZ, Gabriel; ANGELICA-MUNOZ, Luz  y  HOGA, Luiza Akiko Komura. Cultural experiences of immigrant nurses at two hospitals in Chile. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2014, vol.22, n.2, pp.187-196. ISSN 1518-8345.


to explore the cultural experiences of nurses who immigrated to Chile. The study´s theoretical framework was the Purnell Model for Cultural Competence.


Leininger's Observation-Participation-Reflection method was developed at two hospitals in the city of Santiago, and ethnographic interviews were held with 15 immigrant nurses.


among Purnell's 12 domains, the following were identified: Overview/heritage, Communication, Workforce issues, Family roles and organization, Biocultural ecology and Health-care practices. The difficulties were related to the language and its semantic meaning, the new responsibilities and the difficult relationship with colleagues. "In search of better horizons - the decision to immigrate", "Gaining confidence and establishing a support network - employability and professional performance" and "Seeking for people´s acceptance - professional adaptation in a new cultural scenario" are cultural themes that represent their experiences.


the competence to offer cultural care demands the development of public policies and continuing education programs at health institutions, specifically focused on immigrant nurses.

Palabras clave : Nurses; Emigration and Immigration; Qualitative Research; Anthropology, Cultural; Nursing Staff, Hospital.

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