Transcultural Nursing Case Study Examples

Transcultural Nursing Basic Concepts and Case Studies

This website was created to share with nurses and other healthcare professionals experiences and thoughts concerning the complexities involved in caring for people from diverse cultural backgrounds. This website provides information about cultural behaviors and the need to understand people's actions from their own cultural perspective in health and illness. The learning resource includes basic concepts and includes case studies for the: 1) Hispanic community; 2) Middle Eastern community; 3) Deaf community; 4) Asian community; 4) African American community; and 5) Migrant workers. There is information about cultural competence, third world nursing, and an extensive reference list.

Author: Victor Fernandez RN and Kathy Fernandez RN

  • Science and Technology / Health Sciences / Nursing
  • Workforce Development / Technical Allied Health / Therapeutic Services

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