ICN 24`th Quadrennial Congress

Kelly*, H. (Speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConference


Learning to Care in a Multicultural Society

As world migration and travel increases nurses are challenged to provide care to patients, families and communities which is culturally sensitive and to work with culturally diverse colleagues. In Europe health care educators have become increasingly exercised to provide an educational programme which meets this challenge and thus the aim to build healthier nations.
This paper will present the work of a group set up by COHEHRE (Consortium of Higher Education Institutes in Health and Rehabilitation in Europe) representing 5 different European countries which are themselves culturally different. The challenge they met was to design an educational programme which would equip nurses in Europe to provide culturally safe care.
The presentation will consider the composition of the group and the challenges of working together across diverse cultures. It will address the sharing of ideas, a literature search and the development of an educational programme. The literature review showed that no one curricular model has been shown to be effective and the assumption that integration of culture across the curriculum is best is wrong. Both the literature and participant experience has shown that staff preparedness is critical to the success of any educational programme. A Workshop has been designed to address faculty needs in delivering such a programme.
The Curricular Framework designed by the group is based on development towards cultural competence and considers themes, content and teaching and learning strategies. The rationale and content of the faculty workshop will also be described.

Presenters: Eileen Richardson, Nita Muir & Hélène Taylor Kelly
Period27 Jun 20094 Jul 2009
Event typeConference
LocationDurban, South Africa