Transitioning to the Australian nursing workforce: Perceptions and experiences of international nursing students and international nursing graduates

Researchers from the University of South Australia want to hear from international nursing graduates (international students who have graduated from an Australian nursing degree) about their experiences of around transitioning from study to the Australian nursing workforce.

This research follows the team’s previous research that explored international nursing students’ (not graduates) perceptions and experiences of transition from educational settings to the workforce. Preliminary findings show that students generally feel prepared to work as as registered nurses but often can lack confidence finding nursing jobs due to temporary visa status. Participants also identified clinical simulation experiences, ability to speak languages other than English, and interactions with people from diverse cultures as important facilitators for transition.

The second part of the team’s research is an opportunity for international nursing graduates to express views and opinions about their transition into the nursing workforce. Detailed understanding of participants’ preparedness and the barriers and facilitators to successful transition will help to better support effective, enjoyable transitions from university to the Australian nursing workforce. Identifying factors that impact transition experiences can help to improve policy, workplace experiences, job satisfaction, and better attraction and retention of international nursing graduates in the nursing profession.

Participation in this research is voluntary and involves an online survey that will take approximately 15-20 minutes.

Participants should be international nursing graduates on a temporary graduate visa or bridging visa who completed an undergraduate nursing program in Australia in 2020.

To complete this survey, please use this link:

The online survey is open until 30 September 2021.

This research project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) of the University of South Australia (HREC#202763).

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