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Language Proficiency and Its Impact on Albanian Nursing Professionals in Germany: A Qualitative Inquiry

This study aims to explore the language proficiency challenges faced by Albanian nursing professionals working in Germany and identify key competencies that could be enhanced in nursing education to prepare nurses for international employment. Utilizing a qualitative research approach, the study delves into the personal experiences of Albanian nurses in Germany, drawing insights from their narratives to inform future educational strategies. The increasing globalization of healthcare services necessitates a proficient workforce capable of operating in diverse linguistic environments. This study focuses on Albanian nurses in Germany, a demographic facing unique language-related challenges. The research questions guiding this study are: 1. What are the language proficiency challenges encountered by Albanian nurses in Germany? 2. Which competencies should be cultivated in nursing professionals, particularly for overseas employment? A qualitative research design was implemented, involving guided interviews with 20 Albanian nursing professionals currently working in Germany. This method was chosen to gain in-depth insights into the personal experiences and perceptions of these nurses. The interview guide comprised standardized, open-ended questions to allow for comprehensive narratives. The interviews were conducted over a period of three months, ensuring a diverse range of experiences. The narratives were transcribed and analyzed thematically, focusing on identifying common challenges and competencies mentioned by the participants. The findings reveal a spectrum of language-related challenges, including communication barriers with patients and colleagues, and the impact of these challenges on professional practice. Additionally, essential competencies such as cultural sensitivity, language adaptability, and technical medical terminology in a foreign language were identified as crucial for overseas employment. The study underscores the importance of integrating comprehensive language training and cultural competency modules into nursing education, particularly for nurses intending to work abroad. The narratives highlight the need for targeted language preparation tailored to the specific medical context.

Nursing, Professional Language, Linguistic, Foreign Language

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Bushi, J., Neçaj, L. (2024). Language Proficiency and Its Impact on Albanian Nursing Professionals in Germany: A Qualitative Inquiry. International Journal of Education, Culture and Society, 9(1), 27-35. https://doi.org/10.11648/ijecs.20240901.14

ACS Style

Bushi, J.; Neçaj, L. Language Proficiency and Its Impact on Albanian Nursing Professionals in Germany: A Qualitative Inquiry. Int. J. Educ. Cult. Soc. 2024, 9(1), 27-35. doi: 10.11648/ijecs.20240901.14

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Bushi J, Neçaj L. Language Proficiency and Its Impact on Albanian Nursing Professionals in Germany: A Qualitative Inquiry. Int J Educ Cult Soc. 2024;9(1):27-35. doi: 10.11648/ijecs.20240901.14

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