Culture and Clinical Practice
The general principles that often drive nurse practitioners' (NPs') day-to-day decisions and actions need reconsideration for the diverse and unique populations in their care. As the providers of direct care to individuals and populations, NPs must consider how those they provide care for want to be treated. 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.
When care is provided in a culturally sensitive manner, it extends beyond the medical concerns presented. The inclusion of social, spiritual, lifestyle, societal, and familial aspects of the individual is imperative to determining and responding to the patient's needs.
Cole, Michelle A. and Julie G. Stewart. "Culture and Clinical Practice." Role Development for the Nurse Practitioner. Eds. Julie G. Stewart and Susan M. DeNisco. Burlington, MA : Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2015.