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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book uses a lifespan approach to describe the cultural variations of population groups with the purpose of improving health and nursing care of minorities, the disenfranchised, marginalized, and underrepresented persons of the world.
Purpose: The purpose is "to contribute to the development of theoretically based transcultural nursing knowledge and the advancement of transcultural nursing practice."
Audience: This is basically a book for undergraduate nursing students, but as the authors say, it can be a "stepping stone" for students to pursue graduate education in transcultural nursing.
Features: The four parts cover the historical and theoretical foundations of transcultural nursing care, transcultural nursing across the lifespan, nursing in multicultural healthcare settings, and contemporary challenges. In this fifth edition, much of the new content is evidence-based practice. International nursing with a transcultural nursing perspective is a new addition as well. All chapters begin with key terms and learning objectives and include review questions and learning activities. Many chapters also contain case studies based on the personal practice experiences of the authors as well as current research presented in Evidence-Based Practice boxes.
Assessment: This is an excellent cultural resource for nurses and nursing students. It is easy to read, the chapters a fairly short, and the review questions and critical thinking exercises add to its value. It includes many sidebars with additional information as well as current research on best practices for nurses in dealing with cultural issues such as religion, diversity of the workforce, and transcultural aspects of pain.