Researching the Internationally Educated Nursing Work Force in Saudi Arabia

Joan Mitchell began her career in Toronto, Canada before working internationally. She is currently working in Saudi Arabia and conducting research on the nursing workforce.

Joan E Mitchell MSN, EdD

jemitchell [at]

Nurse Consultant and Surveyor

Central Board of Accrediation for Healthcare InstitutionsJeddah [googleMap], Saudi Arabi

Sitting down with Joan Mitchell at the Sigma Theta Tau Conference in Indianapolis and discussing her work in patient safety and quality of care was very enlightening. After watching her presentation at the conference about her research on job satisfaction on foreign trained nurses in Saudi Arabia. It was a pleasure to learn about how and why she choose this topic to research.



  • Contact Helen Ziegler if you are interested in working in Saudi Arabia


  • Joan Mitchell: Will this research be helpful to you, for personal or research reasons?
  • Robert Fraser: Have you seen any advertisements recruiting nurses to international destinations? Have you thought about the factors that impact job satisfaction in those exotic destinations?

Feature Image by: UK Department for International Development

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2 Responses to “Researching the Internationally Educated Nursing Work Force in Saudi Arabia”

  1. Zeny Concepcion
    January 23, 2010 at 7:33 am #

    I received this forwarded video from Dr. Joan herself as we worked together for 4 years at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & research Center Jeddah while I was the OR Nurse Clinician/Educator.
    Her dissertation is a actual fact that nurses gobally must connect to share ideas and expertise on different issues and nursing practice. Due to global crisis, economic situation is a big factor that could even affect healthcare and its services though their no way we compromise nursing care. Nurses are innovative and flexible to ensure safe quality patient care is exercised at all times. With compassion, updated nursing skills, knowledge and correct attitude towards patient care and wholesome interpersonal working relationship gear to satisfied professional nurse who will enjoy their work and eventually promote nursing profession.

    Congtulations Dr. Joan for succesful presentation and being re-elected as Vice-Chairman for Jeddah Nurse Executive Forum (JNEF).

    Cheers to Rob and team,
    Zeny Concepcion, RN BSN, MSN on-goin
    President, Philippine Nurses Association-Jeddah Chapter

  2. Ma. Delia F. Sibayan
    May 28, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    I attended already the workshop of CBAHI in Jedah, and found it useful to us for those who have just
    attended the formal format of the standard, hope u can share more ideas to me where i can put and add to our policy as our guide. Thanx for a very good information we've got from u…

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