Migrant nurses are experiencing racism and cultural scrutiny daily in New Zealand with experts saying "it's time to talk".
A Massey University study released today revealed dozens of cases of patients refusing care from migrant nurses and cultural barriers between staff putting patients at risk.
Associate Professor Margaret Brunton says she was surprised by the extent of cultural barriers that emerged within the study and felt it prompted further discussion.
"I think the one that sticks out the most was when a patient told me they wanted a 'white nurse'."
LISTEN ABOVE AS MARGARET BRUNTON SPEAKS TO LARRY WILLIAMS