What nurses should know when working in Aboriginal communities
nursing, Aboriginal Canadians, transcultural nursing
Nurses working in Aboriginal communities need to understand the history, socio-political climate and culture within the specific community. In addition to placing a high priority on this learning, nurses should also understand the concept of respect in Aboriginal terms and apply respect in all their dealings in the community Self-awareness of their own beliefs and assumptions is critical if nurses are to have an effective relationship with the community. The author, an Aboriginal person who grew up in a non-aboriginal home, illustrates these concepts with anecdotes from her own experiences when she returned to her Dene community.
Foster CH. (2006). What nurses should know when working in Aboriginal communities. Canadian Nurse, 102(4), 28–31.
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