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Unique Aspects of Nursing Care for Amish Children

Banks, Mary Jane MNEd, RN; Benchot, Rosalie J. PhD, RN

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: July-August 2001 - Volume 26 - Issue 4 - p 192-196
feature articles: Continuing Education 2 hours

The purpose of this article is to increase nurses’ understanding of the Amish culture so nurses can give culturally competent care to Amish children. The Amish live in large multigenerational families on farms where hard work is valued; worldly conveniences such as electricity, telephones, and automobiles are usually shunned. However, the Amish are willing to accept and participate in modern healthcare, if its value is clearly understood. Amish beliefs and traditions are described, and recommendations for the nursing care of Amish children which are consistent with the Amish faith are presented.

Mary Jane Banks is an Instructor, Nursing of Children, Kent State University School of Nursing, Kent, OH where Rosalie J. Benchot is an Assistant Professor.

Ms. Banks can be reached c/o Kent State University School of Nursing, Kent, OH 44242; e-mail:

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