Why are newly qualified nurses from minority ethnic groups “disadvantaged” when applying for nursing jobs?
New research has found that the odds of obtaining job offers in London are significantly lower for newly qualified nurses from some minority ethnic groups.
Previous research has suggested internationally recruited ethnic minority nurses are disadvantaged in employment opportunities. But this is the first to explore whether the issue also affects newly qualifieds from minority ethnic groups that have undertaken nursing education in this country.
The study involved 1,047 newly qualified nurses graduating from eight universities in London.
It showed that the odds of receiving an offer of employment by the time of qualification were lower than white British nurses for all the minority ethnic groups studied.
But the results were most striking for black African and Asian/Chinese ethnic groups, where the odds of having a job offer were half or less that of students of white British origin.
The study authors said the findings raised some “very important questions” about what factors influenced employment opportunities for newly qualified nurses from non-white and ethnic groups.