The cultural competence learning needs of migrant nurses: A literature review

Fatima Al-Komah, Fadi Khraim, Daniel Forgrave, Rawia Saabneh


Introduction: Migrant nurses need to provide healthcare that is culturally appropriate to the host population. The aim of this literature review is to identify the cultural competence learning needs of migrant nurses that would assist in their transition to the host country.

Methods: A literature review was carried out according to Cronin, Ryan, and Coughlan’s (2008) framework. This review included 13 articles published between 2008 and 2018 that discussed cultural competence training for migrant nurses.

Results: Migrant nurses’ learning needs fall into four themes: communication, religion and spirituality, customs, and work environment.

Discussion: Language barrier and unfamiliarity with a patient’s religion and customs are the main causes of most misunderstandings in the workplace and result in a lack of perceived quality of care. Moving to a different work environment often involves taking on a new role and learning about a new type of organizational structure.

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