Evaluation of an intervention on sociocultural communication skills of international nurses

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International nurses face a myriad of challenges in their transition, adaptation, and integration into the U.S. health care environment. This pilot intervention study examined socio-cultural competence regarding communication in a sample of international nurses working in two community hospitals in southern Nevada. Significant improvement in communication behaviors of the sampled international nurses with regard to socio-cultural skills of communication after the workshop intervention were not found. Similarly, there were no remarkable differences in standardized patient comments for most items on the checklist. However, the sampled international nurses demonstrated some highly desirable qualities such as being very personable, caring, and compassion that appeared to lay a foundation for an effective nurse-patient relationship.


Communication in nursing; English language — Study and teaching — Foreign speakers; Nevada; Nurses; Foreign; Nursing


Health Communication | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Nursing Administration | Other Nursing


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