Cultural Sensitivity and Global Health

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There is an assumption that people who resemble us or speak our language are the same and should be treated as we would like to be treated. As the providers of direct care to individuals and populations, nurse practitioners (NPs) must consider how those they provide care for want to be treated. This consideration differs from the Golden Rule, in which we treat others in a manner that is acceptable to our standards and beliefs without consideration of the individual’s preferences. Stepping away from viewing circumstances from our own perspective to the patient’s perspective is a critical step in the care of others in a diverse world.


Chapter 6 in Role Development for the Nurse Practitioner, 3rd ed.

ISBN 9781284234305 (paperback); 9781284238617 (ebook)

The full text ebook is available to authorized Sacred Heart University users.