Cultural Diversity

Cultural Diversity - 2004). In order to provide good...

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Running head: BECOMING A CULTURALLY SENSITIVE NURSE 2 The topic of cultural competence in nursing is not new. The field of transcultural nursing actually began back in the early 1900’s. Public health nurses cared for immigrants from Europe who came from various cultural backgrounds and had different health care practices (Hunt, 2009). Madeleine Leininger is the nurse theorist who, in the late 1940’a, established the theory and research in transcultural nursing. She believed that the essence of nursing was based on healing, wellbeing, and helping people, regardless of who they were or where they came from Nurses in the 21 st century are expected to care for people with many different cultural backgrounds. A culture is defined as a group of people having a set of values, customs, beliefs, and behaviors that are learned and passed down through the generations (Leifer & Hartston,
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Unformatted text preview: 2004). In order to provide good nursing care, we must have an awareness of, acceptance of, and respect of these differences. It is the nurses responsibility to learn the differences among these cultures. To obtain this knowledge, a nurse must rely on cultural skill. Cultural skill is described as the ability to collect relevant data pertaining to the clients history (Hunt, 2009). A number of assessment tools have been designed to assist in collecting and organizing this cultural data. The tools consist of open-ended questions that give the patient the opportunity to describe their opinion of the health problem. These tools are extremely helpful when the nurse is unaware of what questions to ask. Running head: BECOMING A CULTURALLY SENSITIVE NURSE 2...
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This note was uploaded on 03/13/2011 for the course NURSING 122 taught by Professor ? during the Spring '11 term at Baker MI.

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