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Caring: Utilizing the Watson Theory to Transcend Culture

Rexroth, Roberta MSN, ARNP-C; Davidhizar, Ruth RN, DNS, ARNP, BC, FAAN


The United States is increasingly becoming a multicultural pluralistic society. This is especially true in Florida where the present manuscript was written. Nurse practitioners must respond to growing diversity with competency and theory-based practice strategies. This paper describes application of theoretical models of caring to a diverse population in Florida with emphasis on the Giger and Davidhizar model of transcultural nursing.

From Gentiva Health Services, Brooksville, Fla (Ms Rexroth) and Bethel College, Mishawaka, Ind (Ms Davidhizar).

Corresponding author: Ruth Davidhizar, RN, DNS, ARNP, BC, FAAN, Professor and Dean, Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN 46545 (e-mail:

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