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Transcultural Caring Dynamics in Nursing and Health Care 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0803608092
ISBN-10: 0803608098
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company; 1 edition (December 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803608098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803608092
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Ray has provided the nursing community with an exemplary text exploring the intimate relationship between caring as an ethical foundation for nursing practice and its essential role in appreciating the complexity of cultural expression in the world. Each chapter is supported by both a depth and breadth of literature and yet remains easily accessible to the reader. The exemplars at the end of each chapter engage the reader with reflective questions that pose challenges for development of personal insight, conceptual understanding and preparation for response in the practice setting. The Model of Transcultural Caring Dynamics supports an understanding of culture as dynamic complexity and guides the integration of transcultural caring as a process of awareness, understanding and choice. Each dimension of the model is explored in detail in a well organized text with the final chapters devoted to several selections each of personal, organizational and communal cultures. The text introduces assessment tools to support the development of transcultural caring based learning and establishes a foundation for understanding the role of the learning community in addressing culturally sensitive responses to contemporary issues. The text is accompanied by exceptional faculty resources based on sound pedagogical principles. These are available in an on-line Instructor's Guide authored by Anne Vitale, ARNP, PhD and Marilyn Ray, RN, PhD, CTN-A, and include learning activities adaptable for online and traditional classroom settings, powerpoints, and examinations with multiple choice question format to accompany the book for teaching and learning purposes. It is available through [...].
This is an exceptional contribution to the advancement of caring as the centerpiece of culturally sensitive nursing practice.
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Marilyn Ray's book is more than timely. She has done superb job writing a book which covers so many different elements of transcultural caring in nursing. She has delved into spiritual and ethical aspects of caring that are so critical in today's US healthcare delivery systems. I particularly liked the case studies that she provided, along with probing questions at the end of each chapter, which make the reader think. Her probes for self reflection are important as well. Ray has included caring within the major world's religions which is useful addition to nursing. Ray's Transcultural Communicative Spiritual Caring Tool for Cultural Competency: C Compassion: A Advocacy, R Respect, I Interaction, N Negotiation, & G Guidance covers every aspect of the nurse patient relationship, but can also be applied to the nurse interacting with all those within healthcare delivery systems. Each component is explicated in clear ways that can be applied directly in nursing practice. She makes clear that Awareness, Understanding and Choice are critical for the nurse who is transculturally caring, and one must have self aware to acknowledge honestly one's own [unconscious] biases and prejudices.
Ray included a citation at the beginning of Chapter 6 that reasonated with me "Deep within us when the noise of other appetites is stilled, there is a drive to know, to understand, to see why...." I found my drive to know to understand etc was restimulated. Not only does this book provide insights into the cultures of many different ethnic group Ray has also included organizational culture and caring for which she is justly well known.
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What inspires a nurse to be truly caring and compassionate? What enables a nurse to find meaning in day to day nursing activities? What gives nurses the energy to keep caring day after day? What does nursing offer and receive from philosphy, science, religion, and the lives of patients from every culture under the sun? Answers to these questions are explored within this book.

If you are looking for an easy "handbook," a procedure manual, about how to provide care to patients of diverse cultures, you will probably be disappointed in this book. It is SO MUCH MORE than that, though it is that too.

Some of the words that come to mind when I think of this book, and its effect on me, are opening, inspiring, spiritual, illuminating, transformative, transcendent. Also within this book are sound principles and exercises for assuring excellence in patient assessment, care planning, interventions and evaluation of patients of diverse ethnic, religious, occupational, and other cultural groups. A clinician who studies with this book will provide culturally comfortable care to his/her patients and will develop as a nurse and a person.
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This book is a welcome addtion to the caring literature. I teach theory and I strive to make theory applicable to actual nursing practice. I could not disagree more with the ICU nurse who said the text was not useful. Chapter 2 The Essence of Caring had particular meaning for me. It summarizes and expands on why caring is essential to nursing practice in multiple contexts, including around the globe. As an educator I loved the section on caring and education. The faculty is considering adapting a statement for the nursing philosophy. "At its heart, education requires a relationship between teacher and learner, and an obligation to impart and receive information. Education does not allow for indifference or denial of responsibility" p. 43. Dr. Ray is meticulous in citing current and classic nursing research and evidence that supports her assertions. I believe the case study in chapter 16 about a nurse manager in the an intensive care unit easily illustrates the complexity of a hospital and how transcultural caring-based learning helps sort out real nursing issues.
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