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Nursing issues
International nurses and midwives require individualised support for successful transition to work in the UK
  1. Dorothy Afriyie
  1. Nursing, CNWL NHS foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dorothy Afriyie, Nursing, Imperial College Heathcare NHS Trsu, London, UK; d.afriyie{at}

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Commentary on: Bond, F, Merriman, C, Walthall, H. The experiences of international nurses and midwives transitioning to work in the UK: A qualitative synthesis of the literature from 2010 to 2019. Int J Nurs Stud 110(2020): 103693.

Implications for practice and research

  • International nurses and midwives (INM) require support to adapt socially, culturally and professionally to work in the UK.

  • Further primary research is required to understand the interventions that most successfully support transition of INM to working in the UK.


The recruitment of INM trained outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) has continued to grow in the UK, in an attempt the meet staff shortages.1 However, international recruitment processes are expensive and time-consuming for both applicants and recruiting agencies.1 This study by Bond et al examined the preparedness and support available to INMs to undertake the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) and transition to working in the UK as a registered …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.