Transcultural Nursing: Assessment and Intervention / Edition 6

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Giger and Davidhizar's unique transcultural model of clear, easy-to-apply assessment and intervention strategies is the definitive source for use in the clinical setting! This authoritative resource will help you learn to identify the six key cultural phenomena used in caring for clients from different backgrounds (communication, space, social organization, time, environmental control, and biological variations), and help you apply these phenomena to a variety of individuals in different cultures.

  • Unique! Giger & Davidhizar's Transcultural Assessment Model devotes a full chapter to each of the six aspects of cultural assessment (communication, space, social organization, time, environmental control, and biologic variations) to help you apply this model to any client of any culture.
  • Expert author Joyce Newman Giger is a pioneer in the field of transcultural nursing.
  • Case studies and critical thinking questions help you apply the assessment framework in practice.
  • UNIQUE! Sample care plans demonstrate how to apply principles to specific client needs.
  • UNIQUE! Discussion of the spiritual component provides a more holistic, integrated approach to culture and assessment.
  • Clarification of biologic variations for select cultural groups raises awareness of potential risks/influences on client health.
  • 2010 census data is incorporated through the book to provide the most current analysis of demographic trends.
  • Completely revised cultural chapters reflect the shifting experiences of different cultural groups in our society.
  • NEW! 6 additional cultural chapters on Nigerians, Uganda Americans, Jordanian Americans, Cuban Americans, Amish Americans, and Irish Americans

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

This resource addresses specific assessment and intervention strategies needed for clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds. It provides a systematic model of nursing assessment and intervention which takes into account six cultural phenomena: communication; space; social organization; time; environmental control; and biological variations. The model then serves as the organizing framework for the rest of the book.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This book blends the theory of transcultural nursing with clinical application. The companion web site contains six additional chapters and an NCLEX-RN review test addressing cultural competence. The previous edition was published in 2004.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide nursing students and practicing nurses with foundational knowledge in transcultural nursing. However, the authors acknowledge that this book can transcend disciplines.
Audience: The audience is students and practicing nurses with possible additional audiences across health professions. The authors are internationally recognized experts.
Features: The book builds from a framework of cultural assessment to its application. The theory portion includes the six concepts: communication, space, social organization, time, environmental control, and biological variations. The application section addresses the more common ethnic groups found in U.S. society: African-Americans, Mexican Americans, Navajos, Appalachians, American Eskimos, Japanese Americans, Afghans and Afghan Americans, Russian Americans, Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Vietnamese Americans, East Indian Hindu Americans, Haitian Americans, Jewish Americans, Korean Americans, French Canadians, and Puerto Rican Americans. Six other chapters address other cultural groups such as the Amish and Irish. Case studies, review questions, and NCLEX questions are found in each chapter. The appendix holds the key to the NCLEX-RN review questions. The book would have been improved with color photos. The richness and beauty of ethnic differences is lost with black and white photos.
Assessment: There are other books that cover the topic of transcultural nursing, but none go into the depth this one does. For example, the discussion of the world view of social versus clock time helps to explain why traditional westernized views of time are not shared with other cultures, often leading to misunderstandings. The application section has in-depth discussions surrounding issues such as nutrition, illness, and health. These are very important to the planning of healthcare and are in keeping with the Institute of Medicine's emphasis on patient-focused care. This edition expands the application to care, a very necessary part of our nursing education and practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323083799
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/2/2012
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 57,171
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction to Transcultural Nursing
  2. Communication
  3. Space
  4. Social Organization
  5. Time
  6. Environmental Control
  7. Biological Variations

  9. African Americans
  10. Mexican Americans
  11. Navajos
  12. Appalachians
  13. American Eskimos: Th Yup'ik and Inupiat
  14. Japanese Americans
  15. Afghan Americans
  16. Russian Americans
  17. Chinese Americans
  18. Filipino Americans
  19. Vietnamese Americans
  20. East Indian Hindu Americans
  21. Haitian Americans
  22. Jewish Americans
  23. Korean Americans
  24. French Canadians of Quebec Origin
  25. Puerto Rican Americans
  26. Nigerian
  27. Uganda Americans
  28. Jordanian Americans
  29. Cuban Americans
  30. Amish Americans
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