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Understanding and improving the experience of internationally educated nurses accessing higher education in the United Kingdom (UK)

Lee, Matthew and Robinson, Gina (2024) Understanding and improving the experience of internationally educated nurses accessing higher education in the United Kingdom (UK). In: RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2024, 10 Sep 2024, Northumbria University , City Campus East 1 (CCE1), Business and Law Building , 12 Falconar Street , Newcastle Upon Tyne , NE2 1XA. (Unpublished)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)


The BSc (Hons) Nursing programme at the University of Sunderland (UoS) provides students who have been educated to diploma level and hold registration as an internationally educated nurse to ‘top up’ to a UK equivalent degree.

Our student population generally originates from Africa, Asia and Europe. Due to the diverse student population, it is important to recognise and consider theoretical approaches such as intersectionality, to underpin our teaching, learning and assessment and couple this with a trauma-informed pedagogical approach (Stromberg 2023).

We have undertaken primary research using a questionnaire format to evaluate an enhanced induction programme (EIP). The EIP provides students with a safe space to develop their academic skills and introduce them to the available UoS support services. The EIP takes place across several weeks prior to students beginning their first module allowing for acclimatisation and orientation to university processes and procedures. The questionnaire was designed to determine student needs from a pastoral and academic perspective and evaluate the efficacy of the EIP. Ethical approval was sought and agreed by the University of Sunderland. This research was carried out with a view to conducting semi-structured interviews and focus groups at a later date. This has allowed us to consider some of the key challenges highlighted by research including fostering a sense of belonging, academic integrity issues (Brown et al., 2018), reciprocal cultural competency, recognition of disability including mental health conditions (Stoll et al., 2022) and general challenges for minority ethnic students' attainment (Rana et al., 2022). Using the EIP to connect students to university support services can address some of these areas, however, more research is required.

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Depositing User: Matthew Lee


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Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2024 09:25
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2024 09:25


Author: Matthew Lee ORCID iD
Author: Gina Robinson

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences


Sciences > Nursing

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