Exploring the Perceptions and Work Experiences of Guyanese Nurses: A Qualitative Analysis

Groh, Carla, Maureen Anthony, and Jean Gash

While it is known that migration of registered nurses from Guyana occurs often, little is known about nursing in Guyana, and how professional issues may influence the decision to migrate. The purpose of this study was to explore the role of female nurses in the Guyana healthcare system, their working conditions and salary, the image of nursing, nurse-physician relationships, and how these factors influence migration decisions. Nine nurses participated in a focus group with the researchers. Three themes emerged: low perceived public image of nursing, lack of professional autonomy and poor nurse-physician relationships. Implications and health outcomes related to migration are discussed.