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Founder’s Focus: Transcultural Nursing Legal Concerns: A Wake-Up Call



Since the beginning of these short Founder’s Foci and with my earlier editorials, the intent has been to identify some criti-cal issues, trends, and recent developments related to transcultural nursing. This article is no exception, as it is to alert nurses to the growing trend of legal problems with nurses ’ caring for clients of diverse cultures. It is a “wake-up call ” for nurses in our litigious world. To many nurses, the idea of being sued for cultural negli-gence, cultural imposition, or to be destructive to clients of different cultures probably never entered some nurses’minds. Some nurses may ask, “How could this happen when nurses try to be ‘racially neutral’and to ‘do no harm to clients? ’ ” The reality is that nurses can do harm to clients and that cultural defense legal suits are increasing in the United States and elsewhere. More and more cultures are demanding an

Year: 2016
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