Towards a Conceptual Framework for Workplace Integration of Internationally Educated Nurses

By Zubeida Ramji and Josephine Etowa.

Published by Management Education: An International Journal

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This paper proposes a conceptual framework for understanding long term workplace integration of internationally educated nurses (IENs) in Canadian settings. While there is much IEN related research, most of it is focused on various aspects of the early phases of getting oriented and transitioned into the new nursing environment. This paper draws on relevant perspectives from the social science literature on integration of immigrants and refugees. Using a critical social theory lens, an emerging definition of workplace integration of IENs is presented to highlight how organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels can result in “two-way” integration. Potential outcomes of two-way integration at the level of the employer organization as well as the IENs’ social, economic, cultural and political domains of nursing work life clarify the concept of workplace integration of IENs. Although the proposed Workplace Integration of Internationally Educated Nurses Framework has yet to be tested, it is presented here for consideration by nurse employers and leaders. The framework provides an alternate approach for viewing IENs’ workplace integration beyond the transition phase and over the long term.

Keywords: Workplace Integration, Internationally Educated Nurses, Two-Way Integration, Domains of Integration, Diversity, Inclusion, Systematic Organization-Wide Approaches

Management Education: An International Journal, Volume 15, Issue 3, November 2015, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: November 12, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 521.649KB)).

Zubeida Ramji

Executive Director, CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Graduate Studies, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Prof. Josephine Etowa

Full Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada