Author(s): Tuohy D, McCarthy J, Cassidy I, Graham MM
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Over the last 10-15 years, there has been a dramatic change in the population of the Republic of Ireland (ROI). Because of strong economic growth, a buoyant economy and universal population migration, the ROI has moved from a mono to a multicultural society over a relatively short period of time. Therefore, nurses in this state have limited experience of caring for people of a different culture. AIM: To discuss registered nurses' experiences in the ROI of nursing people from a different culture. METHODS: The study design was qualitative and participants were purposively sampled (n = 7). Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and thematically analysed. FINDINGS: The main themes to emerge from the interviews were: dealing with cultural issues in practice; accessing and using the interpreter service; planning and taking action to improve nursing care for patients from a different culture. CONCLUSION: Support and education is needed by nurses to improve nursing care of people from a different culture. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Recommendations for practice are to: develop transcultural nursing education; promote an ethos of providing culturally competent and culturally safe nursing to people of another culture; improve resources available to nurses; provide easier access to formal interpreter services with continuity of interpreters for patients and conduct further research into aspects of health care in multicultural Ireland.
This article was published in Int Nurs Rev
and referenced in Molecular Biology: Open Access