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Interrogating the language of integration: the case of internationally recruited nurses

Raghuram, Parvati (2007). Interrogating the language of integration: the case of internationally recruited nurses. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 16(12) pp. 2246–2251.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2007.02097.x
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Abstract

AIMS: This paper suggested the need to interrogate the notion of 'integration' to facilitate the retention of migrant nurses. BACKGROUND: The growth in internationally recruited nurses in the UK's health system has led to a raft of policies that aim to ensure that such nurses are well 'integrated' into their 'new environment'. It is assumed that integration will improve the quality of internationally recruited nurses' experience in the UK, improve their retention rates and thus improve the quality of health delivery within the UK. However, most of the steps through which integration is sought tend to move between some version of assimilation and 'respect for difference'. CONTRIBUTIONS: This paper aimed to add to existing literature on the integration of internationally recruited nurses in the UK by suggesting three steps towards rethinking 'integration policies'. It suggests the need to recognize migration as only one of the differentiating factors within the nursing sector, to ensure that integration does actually become a two-way process and to be cognizant of the multiple shapes that racism can take. The first two steps will prevent a slip between integration and assimilation while the last will help rethink any anti-racist training that may form part of integration policies. CONCLUSIONS: There are many factors influencing the experiences of internationally recruited nurses and not all of them can be addressed within current integration policies. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Rethinking integration can help improve the experience of internationally recruited nurses.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1365-2702
Keywords: discrimination; integration; internationally recruited nurses; migration; racism; workforce
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Geography
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 11749
Depositing User: Parvati Raghuram
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2008 15:15
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2010 22:14
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/11749
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