Transcultural Nursing: Assessment and Intervention / Edition 2

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This volume on transcultural nursing, edited by Giger and Davidhizar, addresses aspects of that agenda by elaborating in great detail on what constitutes culturally appropriate care. In proposing a framework for assessment that focuses on six key cultural phenomena thought to shape care--communication, space, social organization, time, environmental control, and biological variations--the authors provide students and practitioners with a template for systematically exploring how caregivers' responses, recipients of care, contexts of care, and goals of care may vary, given the cultural diversity in the United States.

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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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: 9780801674112
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 621
  • Product dimensions: 7.47 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Framework for Cultural Assessment and Intervention Techniques
1 Introduction to Transcultural Nursing 3
2 Communication 21
3 Space 45
4 Social Organization 65
5 Time 93
6 Environmental Control 115
7 Biological Variations 129
Pt. 2 Application of Assessment and Intervention Techniques to Specific Cultural Groups
8 African Americans 167
9 Mexican Americans 203
10 Navajos 237
11 Appalachians 259
12 American Eskimos 279
13 Japanese Americans 311
14 Irish Americans 337
15 Russian Americans 358
16 Chinese Americans 384
17 Filipino Americans 402
18 Vietnamese Americans 426
19 East Indian Hindu Americans 458
20 Haitian Americans 482
21 Jewish Americans 508
22 Korean Americans 534
23 French Canadians of Quebec Origin 550
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