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Let’s Learn Together, Let’s Work Together

Challenges and Solutions for Transcultural Health and Social Care

Editor(s): Kathleen Markey, Patricia White and Larry O’Connor

Book Description

This volume explores some of the global challenges and possible solutions for transcultural health and social care, and includes a selection of papers that were presented at the 2nd European Transcultural Nursing Association International Conference, in June 2011. This collection explores some of the challenges and possible solutions from the perspectives of various countries regarding promoting transcultural health and social care, including Ireland, Turkey, Strasbourg, the Philippines, the Netherlands, Sweden and Australia. As outlined in the papers included, the provision of transculturally competent care is challenging and requires knowledgeable, skilled and culturally sensitive health and social care professionals. The delivery of culturally competent care requires a commitment from health and social care services, professionals working within these services, and institutes of education responsible for educating healthcare professionals to understand and be responsive to the needs of culturally diverse patients. Learned behaviour and deeply rooted values must be challenged to address unwitting prejudices and stereotyping. Attention should focus on creating an environment of trust where critical reflection occurs, blame is avoided, risk managed and new ideas developed, tested and evaluated.

Hardback

ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4082-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4082-3
Date of Publication: 01/10/2012
Pages / Size: 165 / A5
Price: £39.99
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Biography

Kathleen Markey (RGN, BSc, DipHE, MSc) is a Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, and was the deputy chair of the organising committee for the 2nd European Transcultural Nursing Association International Conference. She is currently the secretary for the European Transcultural Nursing Association. Her areas of research interest include transcultural nursing, transcultural education, and interprofessional education. Kathleen is currently undertaking her PhD, exploring how nurses and midwives in Ireland overcome the challenges experienced when caring for individuals and groups from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Patricia White (BBS, MSc) is the Executive Administrator in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, and was the conference manager of the 2nd European Transcultural Nursing Association International Conference. She also coordinated the 15th International Reflective Practice Conference held in the University of Limerick in 2009. Patricia has completed a Masters in Education and Training Management, specialising in Information Technology. Patricia’s areas of research interest include information technology and blended and online/distance learning.

Larry O’ Connor (RPN, MPhil, BSc, Dip. PS CBT) is Head of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick. Larry has worked clinically within the Mental Health Services in many areas of mental health service provision for twenty-five years, and for the past number of years has worked as a Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick. Larry was the chair of the organising committee for the 2nd European Transcultural Nursing Association International Conference. His areas of research interest include cultural competence of healthcare professionals and students; postgraduate educational requirements of Nurses and Midwives; aggression and violence in healthcare; and trends in mental health nursing education.