N3200 - Transcultural Nursing

Delivery Mode: Web course
Credits: Three credit hours
Prerequisite: Admission to the BN program

Overview: This course will sensitize students to the importance of recognizing the diversity of the culturally-determined health-related values, beliefs and practices of people when planning professional interventions for their health and well-being.? Focus is also on caring and curing patterns and practices in relation to different health-illness systems in Canada and elsewhere.? Methods for conducting culturological assessments are also included.

Course Objectives:

  • Be aware of their own cultural values and beliefs related to health practice.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding about culture and its influence on health beliefs and practices.
  • Appreciate and respect the cultural values and beliefs of clients related to health and illness.
  • Develop competency in evaluating the effectiveness of culturally sensitive and relevant health care delivery.
  • Recognize the existence of biological variations among ethnic groups.
  • Integrate cultural assessment with health assessment and develop nursing diagnoses and a care plan based on the assessment.
  • Integrate cultural concepts with counseling skills learned in an earlier course.
  • Recognize the detrimental effects of ethnocentrism, cultural stereotyping, prejudice, cultural imposition, and blindness which have the potential for generating conflict between clients and health care providers.
  • Recognize that effective health care services must take account of the client's cultural beliefs and values.

Course Content:

Unit 1?-?Major Concepts in Transcultural Nursing and Anthropology
Unit 2?-?Cultural Phenomena
Unit 3?-?Transcultural Nursing and Concepts of Care
Unit 4?-?Biologic Variations
Unit 5?-?Cultural Heritage and Multiculturalism in Canada
Unit 6?-?Cultural Assessment
Unit 7?-?The Health of First Nations and Inuit People of Canada
Unit 8?-?Refugees in Canada
Unit 9?-?Cultural Applications in Clinical Settings: Childbirth and Culture
Unit 10?-?Children's Health, Child-Rearing, and Culture
Unit 11?-?Mental Health: Culture, Poverty and Prejudice
Unit 12?-?International Health and the Culture of Nursing

Evaluation: To receive credit for N3200, students must achieve a course composite grade of 65%.? The student is evaluated through a cultural assessment, paper, and final examination.


School of Nursing

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000