Cultural Safety And Patient Centred Care

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Cultural safety and patient centred care are terms commonly used in the training of health care professionals. Each term focuses on best practice techniques while promoting a holistic manner of care for patients. As a concept, it enhances the professional and ethical role of health practitioners. Cultural safety and patient centred care are aspects which are crucial for health professionals who strive to deliver the highest level of quality care to all patients (Nguyen, 2008). This essay will analyse and demonstrate that cultural safety is patient centred care by using examples from practice. Through this it will discuss professional standards, science, health policies and health models.
Nursing Council New Zealand (2011) defines cultural safety as the effective nursing of a person from another culture by a nurse who has undertaken a process of reflection and recognizes the impact of the nurses culture on own nursing. Irihapeti Ramsden (1946-2003) introduced the term ‘cultural safety’ into the education requirements of New Zealand nursing during the year 1990 (Wepa, 2012). As a result of this, Ramsden produced a document named Kawa Whakaruruhau. The document outlined concerns surrounding Maori health within New Zealand. In response to the publication of Kawa Whakaruruhau the Nursing Council of New Zealand amended, in 1990, the standards of nursing and curriculum assessment processes to include cultural safety (Wepa, 2012). Ramsden and Spoonley (1994) discuss that during the
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