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The Role of Transcultural Nursing
Nur 502-Theoretical Basis for Nursing
Brigette Lander
February 20, 2014

Abstract

The core of nursing at its simplest application is to cause no harm and restore a person to health when possible. For years now, nurses have been working to close the health disparity gap and become culturally competent for our “melting pot” of minority cultures. Forbes magazine (2010) said only 18% of Americans speak a foreign language, compared to 53% of Europeans and growing numbers of others around the world who communicate in a foreign language. The 2007 census bureau lists 74 countries that have a large percentage of their population who speak English. Language barriers alone can have poor results for nursing care of culturally diverse populations. That being the case, nursing theory developed by nurses in the United States has obvious flaws. This paper will take a multifaceted look at the problems nursing in the United States face when caring for ethnic minorities without the use of culturally competent nursing theory based upon the patients cultural identity. By taking a look at a Pakistani patient, readers will have an understanding of how we unknowingly fail to provide adequate nursing care.

The Role of Transcultural Nursing
The United States has always deemed this country superior to all other countries in the world in all manners of living with medicine and nursing not being an exception. We have held close to the idea that all other countries should adapt and adopt to our ways of practicing government, religion, work ethic, culture family lifestyles and even our language. Unfortunately, we had long believed that our nursing theory was applicable to every person no matter what their race, religion or cultural background.
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