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ERIC Number: ED551581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 168
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2678-3351-8
Designing Online Instruction for Internationally Educated Nurses
Smith, Virginia R.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Internationally educated nurses (IENs), when adequately prepared, can make a valuable contribution to the nursing profession in the United States, particularly in cities with large immigrant populations, where their language skills and cultural background can bring a dimension to health care that nurses educated in this country do not have. However, IENs need preparation to pass the licensing examination and to be able to successfully enter the workforce as competent professional nurses, ready to participate in the fast paced health care system. This qualitative case study explored the challenges faced by 11 IENs who took at least one online course as part of the preparation process, and the challenges faced by the instructors who designed the online courses. The study was guided by four research questions. Data was collected through interviews, using open ended questions. Results of the study showed that IENs face many of the challenges other adult learners face in the online environment, as well as language and communication issues. However, with adequate support, IENs can successfully complete online courses. Instructors thrust into the instructional designer role also face challenges, and these challenges can be overcome with adequate orientation to the online environment and administrative support. This study is significant to the professions of instructional design and nursing education in that it provides insight into the challenges faced by IENs and online instructors who design courses for them, and also provides recommendations for designing online courses for IENs to aid instructors serving in the instructional designer role. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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