Focus Groups: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Cultural Barriers in Program Evaluation by Foreign-Educated Nurses

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/149494
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Presentation
Title:
Focus Groups: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Cultural Barriers in Program Evaluation by Foreign-Educated Nurses
Abstract:
Focus Groups: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Cultural Barriers in Program Evaluation by Foreign-Educated Nurses
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Smith, Claudia DiSabatino, RN, MSN, NE-BC
P.I. Institution Name:St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
Title:Director, Nursing Research
Co-Authors:Judy Ong Ho, BSN, MSN, APRN, BC
[Scientific Session Presentation] An exploratory mixed methods study, which was designed to explore perceptions of foreign-educated nurses (FENs) about their experiences during a residency program and to examine the efficacy of the program in meeting their acculturation needs to U.S. nursing practice, used two forms of program evaluation. Participants evaluated the program using 1) conventional paper and pencil evaluation forms and 2) participation in focus groups. SIGNIFICANCE: A well-planned residency program is necessary for FENs to ensure that the employer?s significant investment is realized, and that FENs remain committed to the organization1.  Retention of FENs is more likely when FENs experience a successful transition to nursing practice in the United States. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the residency programs from the perspective of the FEN to determine their effectiveness in meeting their needs. Efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of such residency programs have been jeopardized due to cultural barriers encountered with conventional evaluation surveys. FENs most often restrain from discussing unpleasant issues for fear of losing their employment and disrespecting senior nurses2. METHODOLOGY: Qualitative data was collected from focus groups consisting of 6 participants per session. Quantitative data was collected from paper evaluation forms consisting of the same questions used in the focus groups.  SAMPLE: A convenience sample of 19 FENs from all of the members of two cohorts of FENS. DATA ANALYSIS:  Transcripts of the focus group sessions were verified for accuracy, and reviewed for patterns and themes. Data from paper evaluations was aggregated and summarized and compared to qualitative findings.FINDINGS: Focus group sessions resulted in significant feedback from study participants. Paper evaluation forms yielded little feedback. Comparative findings will be presented. CONCLUSIONS: Focus group sessions were a far superior method of program evaluation for foreign-educated nurses when compared to the conventional paper and pencil evaluation method.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleFocus Groups: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Cultural Barriers in Program Evaluation by Foreign-Educated Nursesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/149494-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Focus Groups: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Cultural Barriers in Program Evaluation by Foreign-Educated Nurses</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Smith, Claudia DiSabatino, RN, MSN, NE-BC</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Director, Nursing Research</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">csmith1@sleh.com</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Judy Ong Ho, BSN, MSN, APRN, BC</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Scientific Session Presentation] An exploratory mixed methods study, which was designed to explore perceptions of foreign-educated nurses (FENs) about their experiences during a residency program and to examine the efficacy of the program in meeting their acculturation needs to U.S. nursing practice, used two forms of program evaluation. Participants evaluated the program using 1) conventional paper and pencil evaluation forms and 2) participation in focus groups. SIGNIFICANCE: A well-planned residency program is necessary for FENs to ensure that the employer?s significant investment is realized, and that FENs remain committed to the organization1.&nbsp; Retention of FENs is more likely when FENs experience a successful transition to nursing practice in the United States. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the residency programs from the perspective of the FEN to determine their effectiveness in meeting their needs. Efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of such residency programs have been jeopardized due to cultural barriers encountered with conventional evaluation surveys. FENs most often restrain from discussing unpleasant issues for fear of losing their employment and disrespecting senior nurses2. METHODOLOGY: Qualitative data was collected from focus groups consisting of 6 participants per session. Quantitative data was collected from paper evaluation forms consisting of the same questions used in the focus groups.&nbsp; SAMPLE: A convenience sample of 19 FENs from all of the members of two cohorts of FENS. DATA ANALYSIS:&nbsp; Transcripts of the focus group sessions were verified for accuracy, and reviewed for patterns and themes. Data from paper evaluations was aggregated and summarized and compared to qualitative findings.FINDINGS: Focus group sessions resulted in significant feedback from study participants. Paper evaluation forms yielded little feedback. Comparative findings will be presented. CONCLUSIONS: Focus group sessions were a far superior method of program evaluation for foreign-educated nurses when compared to the conventional paper and pencil evaluation method.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:03:33Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:03:33Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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