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Title: The integration of immigrant nurses at the workplace in Malta : a case study
Authors: Buttigieg, Sandra C.
Agius, Kevin
Pace, Adriana
Cassar, Maria
Keywords: Public health -- Malta
Medical personnel -- Malta
Medical policy -- Malta
Malta -- Emigration and immigration
Foreign workers -- Malta -- Case studies
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Citation: Buttigieg, S. C., Agius, K., Pace, A., & Cassar, M. (2018). The integration of immigrant nurses at the workplace in Malta : a case study. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 14(3), 269-289.
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify the extent to which immigrant nurses have integrated within the Maltese healthcare system. Design/methodology/approach – This research consisted of a qualitative case study approach which was conducted within Malta’s four public entities in the secondary care sector. In this case study, data were collected through 34 semi-structured interviews with ten nursing managers, 12 Maltese nurses and 12 immigrant nurses. The data were analysed using content analysis. Data were collected between June 2015 and July 2015. Findings – Four themes emerged from the data. These were: human resources management, language barrier, cultural differences and discrimination. The recruitment of nurses to Malta from other countries translated into several positive and favourable outcomes, such as the sharing of knowledge. However, a number of negative and unfavourable outcomes are also indicated in the data including language barrier and discrimination. Research limitations/implications – This paper presents a discussion of the issues experienced within a healthcare system in relation to the mobility of nurses. Increasingly, the nursing workforce across the globe comprises of professionals from various nationality, origin, training, culture and professional ethos. The findings are presented in an effort to inform policy makers, management and administrative structures regarding the issues pertaining to the prevalent growing reality of mobility in nurse populations.
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