The flood of international healthcare workers has helped meet the need for qualified professionals in the U.S. However, the shift in environment does not come without challenges. Many healthcare facilities report communication difficulties. These come as subtle discomfort or as outright patient complaints. Many U.S. colleagues working with international doctors and nurses admire their technical expertise, but wish they were less authoritarian.

Here are some common statements we hear,

“He just tells us nurses what to do, to do it now and never says please. It’s like we are his servants versus his team.”
“I wish he’d just let loose a little bit and act more casual. I’m his colleague. He can call me by my first name.”
“He just tells the patients what to do and if they don’t do it, then he has no patience for them.”

International Assignment Solutions offers customized programs to accommodate further learning on U.S. behavioral expectations. The training covers topics such as learning to ask questions, reducing hierarchical attitudes in the workplace, and/or improving public speaking.

The training entitled “Living and Practicing Medicine in the U.S.” includes other integration tips regarding daily living and personal life. Successful transition of the spouse and family is crucially important for assignment success.