Culture And CaringExploring Culture in Nursing: A Theory-Driven PracticeMendyka, Brian E. MSN, MA, RNAuthor Information Doctoral Candidate, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin This manuscript has been sponsored by a National Research Service Award (NRSA Grant Number 5 F31 NR07350-02, Brian E. Mendyka, Primary Investigator), the National Institutes of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health. The author would like to especially express thanks to Frederick R. Bloom, PhD, RN, for his editorial comments and unconditional support, and Laurel Casper, CADC, MHS, for her caring friendship and holistic outlook on life. Holistic Nursing Practice: October 2000 - Volume 15 - Issue 1 - p 32-41 Buy Abstract This article offers useful approaches for understanding culture as an important component for providing holistic care in nursing. Watson's Model of Human Care exemplifies a way to interpret the cultural experience of illness within a holistic framework, helping nurses explain and then detail alternative caring perspectives. A clinical exemplar using this framework will help to explore the interchange between caring and culture. In doing so, Watson's Model of Human Care can be shown to hold great promise for understanding human illness as a cultural event and contribute to holistic care in nursing practice. Copyright © 2000 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.