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What resources or recommendations do you have for an RN with a master’s in public health who is interested in nursing anthropology?

Tuesday May 7, 2013
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Dear Donna,

What resources or recommendations do you have for an RN with a master’s in public health who is interested in nursing anthropology?

Culturally-Minded Nurse

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Culturally-Minded Nurse,

There are several articles at Nurse.com on the subject, such as “An Anthropological Perspective” (http://news.nurse.com/article/20000306/IL/3060348) and “Beyond Belief (http://news.nurse.com/article/20060508/CA/605080313). If you search on Nurse.com for anthropology, you'll find additional articles and references.

The second referenced article refers to well-known nursing theorist, Madeleine Leininger's work on the subject. Leininger and other nursing scholars have written textbooks on the subject. You can find used copies from online booksellers for a very reasonable price. You also may be able to find copies in the libraries of colleges that offer nursing degree programs. Most college libraries allow anyone to come in and use their facilities. You just can’t take books out if you are not a student there, but they are a great place for any nurse to do research or reading.

Leininger also is the founder of the Transcultural Nursing Society (tcns.org/) where you will find additional resources, including an annual conference. I recommend you join and participate in the association as a way to learn more about the field and find opportunities.

Best wishes,
Donna


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