We will be conducting a study called “Nurses in Canada: Fit, commitment, and satisfaction” on nurses’ experience in the work place. We will specifically be focusing on immigrant nurses, their experiences in their current job in Canada and the extent to which job tasks, experiences, and responsibilities are perceived by these skilled immigrants as being similar when comparisons are made between their current job in Canada and their previous job in their country of origin. Thus we will explore the extent to which careers with similar titles across countries (i.e. nursing) are also similar in terms of the actual experiences encountered while on the job, and the extent to which successfully finding employment in a similar job in Canada meets immigrants’ expectations. Our second objective is to look at how perceived fit, acculturation, and career orientation affect career and organizational commitment, work and life satisfaction, and desire to stay and work in Canada as compared to non-immigrant nurses. This study has been approved by the University of Windsor Ethics Board.

 It would be of tremendous help to us if you would agree to distribute the link to our survey to your members either by email or by including the link in your newsletter to members. The survey can be found here: http://uwindsor.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/nkoustova/nursing-in-canada-fit-commitment-satisfaction. This survey takes 30-40 minutes to complete. We encourage all currently employed Canadian nurses to participate, but especially those who are immigrants that were trained and/or have experience in nursing in another country.

 Thank you for your time and cooperation.


Dr. Catherine Kwantes, Associate Professor, Industrial-Organizational Psychology
University of Windsor
Windsor, ON, N9B 3P4


Natasha Koustova, M.A., Ph.D. student – Applied Social Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Windsor
Windsor, ON N9B 3P4