Cultural Safety : An Effective Nursing Practice Of A Person Or Family / Whanau From Another Culture

921 Words Mar 1st, 2016 4 Pages
The Nursing council defines cultural safety as “the effective nursing practice of a person or family/ whanau from another culture, and is determined by that person or family” (Nursing Council of New Zealand, 2011, p.7). This essay summaries three women’s journals, in their journey to understand cultural safety, how it is implemented and the importance of its practice. It also compares and discusses the main cultural safety themes which they believe is essential in providing culturally safe treatment in the health care profession.

Byrson 's (2010) reflective article describes her journey through cultural safety. What it means to be culturally safe and how it is implemented in everyday nursing. She focuses on two central themes in her quest to understand cultural safety. Firstly, she observed nurses who were prejudice, stereotypical or had a poor attitude towards a client determined the overall outcome of a patient’s health. It was noted that attitudes are visible without talking or conscious recognition, so it is import to be aware, open minded and flexible towards people regardless of differences…..secondary ref (Schutz, 2007; Wepa, 2005) Being culturally safe is about equalizing the power imbalance and creating a bicultural relationship with patients to protect them from personal influences or judgements. Secondly, Byrson (2010) observed providing empowerment to the patient sometimes in the smallest of ways can make the largest difference. “Without power the patient’s…

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