Date of Award

Summer 5-3-2010

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)




This qualitative study explores through a phenomenological process, the experiences of five Internationally Born Nurses (IBNs) working in four hospitals in the metropolitan area of the Twin Cities, Minnesota. The IBNs were interviewed using Brenda Dervin's Sense-Making theory. This communication methodology presents the human being in phenomenological terms, as a body-mind-heart-spirit moving through time and space, with a past history, present reality, and future dreams or ambitions. The nursing theory underlying this study was drawn from Jean Watson's Caring Science as Sacred Science. In addition, the Christian worldview articulated by Shelly and Miller with particular emphasis on the concept of shalom (health), the kind of health that allows people to live at peace in a God-centered human community with a sense of physical, psychosocial and spiritual well-being, provided the theological foundation for this study. Barry Johnson's Polarity Management tool was incorporated into the recommendations for nursing leadership as one avenue to build cohesiveness in a diverse nursing staff.


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