Transitioning difficulties of overseas trained nurses in New Zealand
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Registered Nurses (RNs) who have trained overseas have become an important part of the New Zealand (NZ) workforce. Some 21% of RNs working in NZ were trained overseas. Internationally, NZ has the highest percentage of migrant nurses (Nursing Council of New Zealand, 2011; Wright, 2009). Overseas research recommends efforts be made to enhance adjustment of nurses from other cultures to work and life in a new country (Aitken, Buchan, Sochalski, Nichols, & Powell, 2004; Buchan, Naccarella, & Brooks, 2011; North, 2010; Woodbridge & Bland, 2010; Yi & Jezewski, 2000). Little research has been conducted in this area within NZ. This study will explore the experience of overseas trained nurses (OTNs) who have migrated to NZ within the last two years. It will focus on OTNs lived experience and explore any difficulties that they may have experienced when transitioning into the NZ health system. An exploratory qualitative descriptive study will guide the research.