The anecdotes and case reports we use here make many generalizations.
They should not be mistaken for stereotypes. A stereotype and a
generalization may appear similar, but they function very differently.
A Stereotype is an ending
point, no attempt is made to learn whether the individual in question
fits the statement.
A Generalization is a
beginning point, it indicates common trends, but further information
is needed to ascertain whether the statement is appropriate to a
Galanti G.A. (1991)
A danger associated with transcultural nursing theories and models is
the assumption that people can be categorized, rather than
individualized, by virtue of race, culture, and ethnicity.
People can not be put into little culturally specific boxes nor
labeled by virtue of culture and race. Do not assume that the
criteria for a certain cultural group are true for every patient who
belong to that racial, ethnic, or cultural group.
The information we present for each cultural group is no more than an
overview, the amount of relevant knowledge could fill many
books. The issues raised here are those that, we think, have
special meaning to the practice of nursing, and health care
delivery. Nurses must always be aware of what people may be
thinking that may differ from our own thoughts, and that other
sources outside the traditional medical community, exist to help patients.
We would enjoy hearing anecdotes about your experiences with
cultural diversity in practice. What situations have arisen and how
did you handle them? What did you learn that might help other readers?
G.A.: Caring for Patients from Different Cultures. University
of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1991
and Inequalities: The
Modern Plagues, Updated Edition With a New Preface
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