The Multidisciplinary Nature of Contemporary Nursing

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Introduction and Overview Contemporary nursing has certainly become more multi-disciplinary in the last few decades. Even nursing theory tends to now take into account the changing dynamics of the market, and needed responses from healthcare. One seminal theory, for instance, that asks the modern nurse to explain their approach to patient care, advocacy, and more modern issues of alternative therapies is Madeline Leninger's Multicultural Nursing Paradigm, Synergizing the concept of care and the challenges of both financial management and the changing demographic nature of nursing, Leininger's model presupposed that the basic practical knowledge of theoretical nursing is already part of the skill set, but that through a gradual improvement and ease of the technical matters, experience will lend itself to a relaxed, caring focus. This may, in contemporary culture, mean being more ethno-sensitive, learning to explore ways of communication in languages other than English, understanding different cultural phobias and mores, and looking at alternative therapies that may benefit the patient. Leininger certainly avows a diverse and multicultural approach to the healthcare paradigm, and has room for alternative therapies and an openness that many other Western theories lack. Leininger specifically acknowledges the manner in which cultural care in diverse situations is essential for the growth and well-being of humans. Her theory also asserts that care is a universal phenomenon with
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