Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Advisor 1

Yu Xu, Committee Chair

First Committee Member

Alan Jauregui

Second Committee Member

Jennifer Kawi

Graduate Faculty Representative

Emily Lin

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



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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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