Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

MAYO 2012 N° 4 Volumen 15

Intercultural care, a nursing challenge

Section: History and Fundamentals of Nursing

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Delgado Rodríguez J. Cuidados interculturales, un reto para la Enfermería. Metas de Enferm may 2012; 15(4): 65-69


Janet Delgado Rodríguez


Enfermera. Licenciada en Filosofía. Máster en Bioética. Enfermera asistencial en la UVI del Hospital Universitario de Canar

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The practice of nursing can be framed in that intersection between what universalizable care as opposed to individualized care, adap­table to the concrete and specific characteristics of each. To reconcile the patient's autonomy and justice, the nursing practice of today must strive to address the differences, in the particular contexts in which people live with multiple ways of understanding life, health, disease, etc.
The aim of this paper is to stress the importance for professionals of adapting a nursing care model from an intercultural perspective and the need to acquire cultural competence, since it will be through it that nursing­ care quality will be provided.
We describe and analyze the meaning of caring from an intercultural and cultural competence, identifying the essential objectives and
elements for the development of each of these concepts, emphasizing the important role of cultural mediators in the health setting.


communication; cultural medi­cation; ethics; interculturality; nursing care; nursing fundamentals

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Cuidados interculturales, un reto para la Enfermería