Towards the goal of providing culturally sensitive care: principles upon which to build nursing curricula

Authors

  • M Judith Lynam RN MSN

    Assistant Professor
    1. The School of Nursing, The University of British Columbia, T 206-2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 2B5, Canada
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Abstract

Nursing has, in recent years, strongly argued that an individual's culture influences how illness events are perceived and managed Nursing has also identified the need for nurses to provide culturally sensitive care The literature, however, provides very limited direction for the integration of such concepts into nursing curricula In this paper, the author presents a theoretical perspective on culture that addresses cultural beliefs and values but also extends to consider caring and programmes of care delivery within the broader social context Using examples from the literature, the author identifies knowledge and skills deemed essential if nurses are to be capable of working effectively with individual clients and at the level of programme design and delivery

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