Milestones in the journey : The story of refugees becoming registered nurses in Australia

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Ng Chok, Harrison, Lewis, Peter, Mannix, Judy, Dickson, Cathy and Wilkes, Lesley. (2021). Milestones in the journey : The story of refugees becoming registered nurses in Australia. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 77(11), pp. 4525-4536. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14971
AuthorsNg Chok, Harrison, Lewis, Peter, Mannix, Judy, Dickson, Cathy and Wilkes, Lesley
Abstract

Aims
To explore the experiences of refugees who became registered nurses after arriving to Australia.

Design
Qualitative description using a naturalistic inquiry framework.

Methods
Between February 2018 and September 2019, the lead author conducted semi-structured interviews with employed registered nurses (RNs) that are former refugees and English-speaking. Interviews were 45–90 min' duration and digitally recorded. Participants provided voluntary informed consent and were sent questions beforehand. Data were collected and coded into themes. Rigor was achieved with multiple transcript readings by the research team to confirm common themes.

Results
Twelve participants discussed their story. Three major themes were identified: (1) Milestone of being a refugee; (2) Milestone of resettling in Australia; (3) Milestone of becoming a RN.

Conclusion
Each participant's story started at a place of disadvantage. They progressed successfully through the three milestones; despite living with traumatic experiences, they learned new skills, developed English literacy, became a RN and juggled the demands of life. This paper highlights the poorly understood pockets of the current Australian RN workforce.

Impact statement
The nuanced stories of RNs with refugee backgrounds in this study move beyond trauma and struggle and demonstrate the important journey this particular group of health professionals undertake. Increasing the contextual knowledge of the complex lives of former refugees turned nursing professionals will raise public awareness of the diversity of life experiences of RNs working in Australia.

Keywordsnurse education; qualitative design; refugee; registered nurs; resettlement
Year2021
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Journal citation77 (11), pp. 4525-4536
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN0309-2402
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14971
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85110846427
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range4525-4536
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Output statusPublished
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Online19 Jul 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted27 Jun 2021
Deposited08 Nov 2021
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