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Q: Cultural issues in Advance Practice Nursing ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Cultural issues in Advance Practice Nursing
Category: Health
Asked by: shotie48-ga
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Posted: 21 Mar 2003 13:18 PST
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Question ID: 179303
I need to find a website that is helpful in understanding the cultural
issues of advanced nursing practice and why it is useful for
culturally competent advanced practice nurses.
Subject: Re: Cultural issues in Advance Practice Nursing
Answered By: jeanwil-ga on 21 Mar 2003 15:50 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi shotie48-ga,

Here are some websites that might prove useful in obtaining the
information that you seek.

Cultural Diversity in Nursing Practice 
"Cultural diversity in nursing practice derives its conceptual base
from nursing, other cross-cultural health disciplines, and the social
sciences such as anthropology, sociology and psychology. Culture is
conceptualized broadly to encompass the belief systems of a variety of
groups. Cultural diversity refers to the differences between people
based on a shared ideology and valued set of beliefs, norms, customs,
and meanings evidenced in a way of life. Culture consists of patterns
of behavior acquired and transmitted symbols, constituting the
distinctive achievement of human groups, including their embodiment in
artifacts; the essential core of culture consists of historically
derived and selected ideas and especially their attached values
(Kroeber and Kluckhohn, 1952).............."

NURSING AROUND THE WORLD: Cultural Values and Ethical Conflicts

Cultural Values, Ethics, and Ethical Conflicts
"Cultural values refer to enduring ideals or belief systems to which a
person or a society is committed. The values of nursing in the States
are, for example, embedded in the values of the U.S. American culture
with its emphasis on self-reliance and individualism (Davis, 1999).
Basic to the value placed on individualism are the beliefs that
"individuals have the ability to pull themselves up by their
bootstraps" and that an individual’s rights are more important than a
However, many cultures do not share the primacy of the value of
individualism. Consider the factual data presented by Davis that about
70% of all cultures are collectivistic (i.e., loyalties of a person to
a group exceed the rights of the individual) rather than
individualistic (i.e., the rights of the individual supercede those of
the group). "With individualism, importance is placed on individual
inputs, rights and rewards" (Andrews, 1999, p. 476). In many cultures,
health decisions are not made by an individual but by a group: family,
community and/or society. Socialized medicine or government sponsored
health care for all residents is reflective of the value placed on
Therefore, reflecting on the values that predominate in the culture
you practice, attain an education, visit, or read about is a
requirement for ethical thoughtfulness. Ethics has many definitions
but, typically, ethics is viewed as a systematic way of examining the
moral life to discern right and wrong; it also requires a decision or
action based on moral reasoning. Ethical conflicts occur when a
person, group or society is uncertain about what to do when faced with
competing moral choices (Silva, 1990). Ethical conflicts and issues
occur within or among cultures and are usually precipitated by
cultural/subcultural values in opposition......."

Cultural Competency in Medicine

Culture & Cultural Factors
School Nursing & Culture

Cultural Assessment

Cultural Assessment Instrument

Overview of Cultural Diversity and Mental Health Services

Cross-Cultural Primary Care
A Patient-Based Approach

Hope this helps.

Best regards,


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shotie48-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
It was brief and to the point and most of all timely!!! Thank you!!

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