Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Yu Xu, Committee Chair
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
Foreign nurses have augmented the United States nursing workforce. The Philippines has remained the world's leading exporter of nurses, including the United States. More recently, a new phenomenon has emerged involving Filipino physicians who went back to school to take up nursing in the Philippines in order to migrate to foreign countries to work as nurses. The purpose of this study was to describe and to interpret the lived experiences of Filipino physician-turned nurses in the United States. Phenomenology was used as research design, with data obtained from a purposive sample of eight (8) self-identified physician-turned nurses in Las Vegas, Nevada. Participants were interviewed using a single, open-ended central question. The audio taped responses that described their lived experiences were eventually transcribed verbatim. To interpret their experiences, clusters of themes were then generated using the Colaizzi's (1978) method of Phenomenological Inquiry. The results of the study revealed that the experiences of Filipino physician-turned nurses involved multidimensional issues, both in the contexts of emigration and a professional shift from physician to nurse. Being the first of its kind, this study will enlighten society of the lived experiences of Filipino physicians who compromise professional integrity by working as nurses just to emigrate to the United States. Furthermore, this research study will contribute to the existing literature on cross-cultural adaptation, particularly involving role compromise in an unfamiliar social and cultural context.
Filipinos; Immigration; Internationally educated nurses; Phenomenology; Physician-turned nurses
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Vapor, Victor Rey Cui, "Filipino physician-turned nurses: A phenomenological study" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 89.
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