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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

versión On-line ISSN 1518-8345

Resumen

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.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0104-1169.2980.2401.

OBJECTIVE:

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

METHOD:

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.

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSIONS:

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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