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Cultural Diversity and the Modern Nurse
A nurse considers how cultural diversity will affect nursing in the next ten years.
# 148959 | 701 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 16, 2011 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Sociology (Multiculturalism)

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This writer predicts that in the next ten years, nursing as a profession will become more aware of cultural issues and aspects of cultural diversity will be added to the nursing curriculum. The writer considers that this might encourage nurses to become more specialized in aspects of cultural diversity, such as alternative therapies and remedies. The writer, based on her own experience as a psychiatric nurse, is certain that the modern nurse will also have to become more knowledgeable about the interaction between modern medicine and alternative views and healthcare issues.

From the Paper:

"In my own experience as a psychiatric nurse I have in recent years become aware of the importance of an understanding of cultural diversity. Whenever one treats or deals with patients from different cultures, one has to take into account their cultural norms and predilections in the process of nursing. This also relates to the view that nursing should be a profession that is as open as possible to the feelings and views of the patient. This means to be effective the nurse must be aware of the way that people from different cultures perceive and respond to the healing process.
"This trend towards an awareness of cultural diversity is evident in many fields, including nursing and healthcare. In essence, we can describe diversity as being concerned with "....recognizing, respecting and valuing differences based on ethnicity, gender, color, age, race, religion, disability, national origin and sexual orientation" (Business Case for Diversity). One of the reasons given for the increasing importance of cultural diversity is the reduction of the barriers between cultures and nations that is a result of technology, travel and globalization. This is a fact that the modern nurse has to contend with. In term of the nursing and healthcare, studies note that " Diversity is a broad yet powerful idea that encompasses the ideas of difference and complexity. Multiple forms of diversity are important in nursing and health care, yet it is often only "cultural" diversity that comes to mind and commands attention " (Varcoe, 2004)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Breeding, R. R., Harley, D. A., Rogers, J. B., & Crystal, R. M. (2005). The Kentucky Migrant Vocational Rehabilitation Program: A Demonstration Project for Working with Hispanic Farm Workers. The Journal of Rehabilitation, 71(1), 32+.
  • Business Case for Diversity. Retrieved June 7, 2009, from
  • Kim, H. S. & Kollak, I. (Eds.). (2006). Nursing Theories: Conceptual and Philosophical Foundations (2nd ed.). New York: Springer.
  • Varcoe C. ( 2004) Advancing Nursing Scholarship in Diversity: Complexity and Equity. CJNR Editorial, 36 (4).

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