Importance Of Cultural Diversity In Nursing

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Cultural Diversity and Its Influences on Nursing Practice Transcultural nursing is a term used by Madeline Leininger to describe the blending of nursing and anthropology (Andrews & Boyle, 2016). The goal of transcultural nursing is to be able to provide cultural specific nursing care for individuals and families of different cultures. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the eight reasons why transcultural nursing is necessary. I will describe the meaning of cultural diversity and its relationship to nursing. I will also explain how I personally provide culturally sensitive care to my patients. Transcultural Nursing as a Necessary Specialty Madeleine Leininger recognized the importance of transcultural care of patients in the mid 1900’s after working with emotionally disturbed children (Andrews & Boyle, 2016). There are eight reasons why Leininger believed transcultural nursing is a necessity. The first reason is there is a marked increase in the migration of people within and between countries worldwide. America is known as the melting pot, one in five immigrants migrate to the Unites States (Connor, Cohn, & Gonzales-Barrera, 2013). With that being said, as nurses there is a high possibility that our patient’s are of a different culture than our own. Leininger’s second reason is that there is a rise in multicultural identities, meaning that people expect health care providers and nurses to know and understand their personal cultural beliefs. The third reason is that the use of technology may interfere with the cultural values, beliefs, and practices of the patients receiving care. Another reason why transcultural nursing is necessary is because of cultural conflicts that may occur as different cultures interact... ... middle of paper ... ...lly congruent nursing care for each individualized patient. Works Cited ANA Board of Directors. (2017, August). Cultural Diversity in Nursing Practice. Retrieved August 31, 2017, from American Nurses Association: Andrews, M. M., & Boyle, J. S. (2016). Transcultural Concepts in Nursing Care (7th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer. Connor, P., Cohn, D., & Gonzales-Barrera, A. (2013, December 13). Changing Patterns of Global Migration and Remittances. Retrieved August 30, 2017, from Pew Research Center-Social and Demographic Trends: Leishman, J. (2004, September 10). Perspectives of cultural competence in health care. Art and Science . Wayne, G. (2014, August 24). Madeline Leininger's Transcultural Nursing Theory. Retrieved August 30, 2017, from Nurse Labs-Theorists and Theories:
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