Developing cultural sensitivity and awareness in nursing overseas

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Abstract

Norton D, Marks-Maran D (2014) Developing cultural sensitivity and awareness in nursing overseas.

Nursing Standard. 28, 44, 39-43. Date of submission: October 7 2013; date of acceptance: March 12 2014.

Many nurses are choosing to work in other countries, providing an opportunity to broaden their experience and knowledge. However, it is important that nurses who have the opportunity to work overseas develop cultural awareness and sensitivity before arriving. This article provides a reflective account of the experiences of one of the authors of working overseas. From the reflective account and evidence available in the literature on cultural sensitivity, insights are offered to nurses who may be considering working overseas to ensure they are adequately prepared.

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