Madeleine Leininger's Theory Of Transcultural Nursing

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Transcultural Nursing The United States is often referred to a “melting pot” of cultures (Samovar & Porter, 2011). Cultures should always be considered when caring for individuals within the medical field. Nurses should be the first to recognize and respect the cultural wishes of their patients. Not everyone is familiar with every single culture that exists today, but nurses can take that next step in education and becoming culturally competent (Black, 2014). Dr. Madeleine Leininger coined the phrase “culturally competent” (Black, 2014). Her nursing theory elevated the level of nursing that is provided today (Andrews & Boyle, 2008). This theory plays a major role today in nursing because of the diversity of patients a nurse may care for…show more content…
Dr. Leininger recognized a need for patients to be treated with their cultures in mind (Black, 2014). My definition of culture is a structure of beliefs, traditions, and values different from my own. While researching more about Dr. Leininger and her theory of cultural nursing, I was quiet shocked to see the number of college syllabi that my searching retrieved. I was impressed by the fact that one could take an entire college class just related to this particular theory. I can see how this particular theory would impact patient outcomes and improve the relationships that occur between a patient and nurse. It helps develop respect and trust with patients. In my fourteen years in the operating room, I have had very limited exposure to getting to know about different cultures. In the operating room we informed of the patients beliefs and that those beliefs need to be met. I remember a particular time when a patient wished to have their “energist” be in the operating room while undergoing surgery. At the time I thought that it was odd and that it was not necessary for the patient. Now looking back it was something the patient believed in and the surgeon was accepting of the patient’s beliefs and allowed for the “energist” to be in the operating room. No matter how odd something might seem, if it’s important to the patient, it needs to be…show more content…
Leininger’s theory that nurses today can expand their knowledge base and continually improve their nursing skills by learning about different cultures. It was because of Dr. Leininger’s awareness of her patient’s needs that she was able to develop transcultural nursing (Black, 2014). Transcultural nursing is a nursing skill set that I foresee only becoming more and more needed here in the United States. As our population continuously grows with the vast variety cultures the increase for particular resources and different nursing skills will be needed to provide the up most care for this demographic of
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