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Cultural Competence and Holistic Practice: Implications for Nursing Education, Practice, and Research

Maddalena, Victor PhD

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181a056a0
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Western society is becoming increasingly diverse in its cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious composition and this has implications for nursing education, practice, and research. Although the healthcare setting is becoming increasingly multicultural, nurses often lack “cultural competence.” Incorporating cultural competence in nursing curricula, organizational policy, and research programs will help prepare nurses for multicultural practice environments.

Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Corresponding Author: Victor Maddalena, PhD, Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada NL A1B 3V6 (victor.maddalena@med.mun.ca).

This work was funded by The Network for End of Life Studies (NELS) at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. The NELS is a 5-year CIHR-funded Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) Grant—“Reducing Health Disparities and Promoting Equity for Vulnerable Populations” and CIHR-NET: Palliative Care in a Cross-Cultural Context.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.