The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the personal experiences of acute care registered nurses who provided direct patient care and to ascertain how the nurses accommodated the request of a patient or family member to provide or assist with culturally specific rituals or practices related to death and dying. The ultimate goal was to gain a better understanding of the registered nurses’ ability to provide culturally appropriate care when working with diverse patients. One central research question directed the study and two sub-questions supported the central research question. The sample consisted of 20 registered nurses who worked in a large, inner-city acute-care hospital. Data collection took place using six open-ended questions in a faceto- face, semi-structured interview format. Five themes emerged: accommodating, barriers, benefits, impressions, and expectations. Findings from the study indicated the need to educate nurses in the area of cultural competency. Recommendations for nursing leaders included improving nursing curriculum to promote cultural competency and providing resources and training for mentors to assist nurses with learning the skills necessary to become culturally competent practitioners.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 77/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Competency, Culture competency, Nursing education, Religious practice, Rituals, Spiritual care|
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