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    An examination of advanced practice nurses’ job satisfaction internationally
    (Wiley, 2017-06-28) Steinke, M.K.; Rogers, M.; Lehwaldt, D.; Lamarche, K.
    Aim: To examine the level of job satisfaction of Nurse Practitioners/ Advanced Practice Nurses in developing and developed countries. Background: The Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse has the advanced, complex skills and experience to play an important role in providing equitable healthcare across all nations. Introduction: Key factors that contribute to health disparities include lack of access to global health human resources, the right skill mix of healthcare providers, and the satisfaction and retention of quality workers. Methods: The study utilized a descriptive analysis and cross-sectional survey methodology with quantitative and qualitative sections of 1419 job satisfaction survey respondents. Results: Age, number of hours worked in a week, and length of time that Nurse Practitioners/Advanced Practice Nurses worked in their current jobs were statistically significant in job satisfaction. A key barrier was the lack of respect from supervisors and physicians. Discussion: It was clear from the number of comments in the qualitative section of the survey that having a wide scope of practice is rewarding and challenging to the Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Nurse. Conclusion and Implications for Health Policy: The challenges to transform healthcare gaps of access into a better distribution of health care in all countries would constitute a systematic change in policy including providing education and training for doctors and nurses that will match the skills needed in the workplace; emphasizing the right skill mix for the health care team; supporting advanced practice nurses in the workplace and utilizing all health care providers to the fullest extent of their abilities.
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    Conducting research through cross national collaboration
    (Wiley, 2017-10-26) Steinke, Mary K.; Rogers, Melanie; Lehwaldt, Daniela; Lamarche, Kimberley
    Aim: To explore the collaborative nature of an international research project with other advanced practice nurse researchers and critically analyse the research process. Background: Research within the nursing community is recognized internationally as important to ensure that nurses participate in cutting-edge health care and promote evidence-based practices, yet there is little detail found in literature on how a successful collaborative relationship is initiated and conducted in advanced practice research. Design: The purpose of this paper is to discuss the process of collaboration on a research study amongst advanced practice nurses from four countries who are members of an international organization. Implications for Nursing: The collaborative process in international nursing research can be challenging and rewarding. It is important to remember that there is a linear relationship between complexity of the study and the time to finish it. Keys to success include following proven guidelines. Conclusion: This project proved to be a valuable experience in developing collaborative relationships as well as creating partnerships for future research to build on the knowledge gained. The fact that the authors were all linked to universities facilitated uptake and ethics. The use of social media and university resources proved to be indispensable.
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    When West Meets East: A Short-Term Immersion Experience in South Korea
    (Berkeley Electronic Press, 2007-02-27) Wallace, Linda S.
    The purpose of this study was to explore American student perceptions of caring for Korean patients during a 2 week exchange program. Perceptions of Korea/Koreans focused on five areas: respect, hospitality and gift giving, ability to speak English, hierarchal relationships, and being protective. Their perceptions of personal change focused in four areas: valuing personal cultural experiences, increasing cultural awareness and compassion, seeing people from other ethnic groups as individuals and developing interest in oriental medicine. Four areas of importance identified when caring for Korean patients included showing respect, importance of family, food, and care for post-partum mothers. Differences were experienced between an individualistic, low-context society (United States) and a collectivistic, high context society (Korea) where the influence of Confucianism is pervasive.