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The lived experience of female Arab-Muslim nurses studying in the United States

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Description: A nursing program at a medium-sized, northeastern, U.S. Catholic university has participated in an educational relationship with the Sultanate of Oman's Ministry of Health to provide higher education to nurses from Oman since 1994. The literature regarding the experience of Arab-Muslim women and Arab-Muslim international students studying in the U.S is limited. This study relied on phenomenological inquiry to determine the experience of female nurses from the Sultanate of Oman studying in the U.S. The following themes emerged from female Omani BSN completion students' interviews: Going Abroad, Studying in America; Living in the U.S.; Being Arab-Muslim; and Growing. Studying nursing in the U.S. was a transforming experience for the Omani women. They studied nursing in the U.S. without the constant presence of their family members. They traveled in the area surrounding the University alone; they made purchases, managed their finances, and made decisions while they were away from their families. The Omani women learned to manage different academic expectations, teaching strategies, and classroom behaviors while studying in America. As Arab-Muslim women living in the U.S., they maintained their religious and cultural practices; experienced anti-Muslim sentiments; learned to view the world in a different way; and experienced being a minority. Through the women's experiences they had the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. This study adds to the international nursing student literature and offers strategies to support female Omani nursing students psychosocial, pedagogical, and daily living needs. Omani nursing students have unique educational and personal needs. Nursing faculty and university student support services could promote Omani student transition and educational experience while in the U.S. The teaching, assessment, and support strategies that were described could be used with other female Middle Eastern nursing students.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work