Transcultural Nursing

Transcultural Nursing Theory

The goal of Transcultural Nursing is to develop a scientific and humanistic body of knowledge in order to provide culture-specific and culture-universal nursing care practices. Transcultural Nursing can be defined as that field of nursing focused on the comparative study and analysis of different cultures and subcultures in the world with respect to their caring behavior; nursing care; and health-illness values, beliefs and patterns of behavior. This philosophy is congruent with UH Hilo's philosophy and mission with recognition and appreciation of the cultural and educational differences of its students.

The underlying Transcultural thread of UH Hilo BSN Program provides a viewpoint of areas of awareness, knowledge, and skills in cultural self-awareness, that nurses must acquire to competently attend to the needs of their clients. Our pedagogy parallels that of the Transcultural Nursing Society in that culturally competent care can only occur when culture care values are known and serve as the foundation for meaningful care.

Transcultural Quotes about Hawaiʻi

"May all nurses, nurse educators and nurse researchers practice human caring within a holistic and transcultural context. Transcultural nursing knowledge is Dr. Leininger's legacy to professional nursing. I am reminded of her urgent vision that transcultural nursing knowledge needs to be shared on a global basis. I have tried to expand this wisdom of caring to humans, animals and plants as many of us live in violent and toxic environments. Our minds, as magnificent resources for detailed, peaceful, thankful and global thinking can lead us to 1) paths of respect and recognition of visible and invisible spiritual dimensions; 2) paths of nurturing relationships with higher beings, and 3) diverse paths of emic and etic healing for optimal health. Let us unite and focus our caring energies toward safe, cultural congruent caring for human families, Earth's animals and plants and our multi-dimentional Universe."

-Genevieve LehuananiOKilauea Kinney, RN, Ph.D., TCN
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Affiliate Faculty-2007

Ikaika Teahioraitaitotarani - BSN Supporter

“Hawaiʻi is a place of unsurpassed natural beauty that cares for those in need. Everyone is welcome regardless of racial, ethnic, religious or economic background.” “It is a place that honors its rich, multi-cultural heritage... “We aren't a place that tolerates diversity; we celebrate it.”

-Gov. Linda Lingle 2007

Student Stories

“In Hawaii, and as a Kamaaina, I think in many ways, we take our cultural differences for granted and sometimes are blinded to it. We’ve grown up in this “local “atmosphere and have learned to incorporate the different foods, customs, languages, etc. “the melting pot” effect. The Transcultural nursing class was very valuable to me, because it brought these unique practices and belief systems to a surface level. I am more able to view behavior, not from my cultural base, but from the patient’s cultural base, thus understanding and then providing more effective nursing care.”

-Robin Nakayama BSN/RN Hilo Medical Center CCU
UH Hilo BSN graduate Class of 2004

“I also grew up in a multicultural environment. Perth, Western Australia contains a population of 1 million and we are from all walks of life. . I also have traveled a great deal and accept people for being humans not what they look like or believe. I have found there is a great Japanese, Filipino, American, and Portuguese influence here with the Hawaiian added to the mix this state has a unique culture of its own. Taking transcultural nursing and clinical here in Hawaiʻi has made me more comfortable in asking people personal questions about their beliefs and culture. By the end of clinical, I feel like I know my patients on a more spiritual level.”

Belinda Cravens, BSN Student Class of 2008

“Even though I was raised here on the Big Island with a diversity of cultures, I think the transcultural aspect of our education has assisted me in forming an increased awareness of different cultures and how to interact with them (especially as a nursing student). I have always appreciated diversity, but feeling more comfortable with different cultures definitely creates an important quality of a health care provider”

Aurora Minestero, BSN Student Class of 2008

“I enjoyed participating in a variety of Transcultural courses (Spirituality and Transcultural Nursing), The main theme of individuality, human uniqueness and diversity has perpetuated throughout each of the courses. It has emphasized that the patient’s comfort, respect and dignity, as well as my obligation to provide the best care, should always remain my number one priority while practicing nursing.”

Marianna Karewicz BSN Student Class of 2008

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