Illinois State University COURSE NUMBER: N237
COURSE TITLE: Cultural and Spiritual Dimensions in Healthcare
SEMESTER/YEAR: Fall 2014
ACADEMIC CREDIT: 1 Credit Hour
FACULTY: Lynn S. Kennell, MS, RN
Office Phone #: 309-438-2365
Home Phone #: 309-467-2407
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Role of nurse as culturally sensitive caregiver explored while learning about health attitudes, beliefs, and practices of culturally and spiritually diverse populations. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on the health attitudes, beliefs, and practices of culturally and spiritually diverse populations. The role of the nurse as a culturally sensitive caregiver is explored. Key content includes transcultural nursing theories, spirituality perspectives, and their application in various health care situations. Selected strategies to facilitate understanding of intergroup dynamics and intercultural communication in health care settings are introduced.
Relate one’s own cultural and spiritual background to professional nursing identity.
Discuss the influence of various cultural theories in guiding the provision of culturally and spiritually sensitive care throughout the lifecycle.
Explore various modes of communication in providing culturally and spiritually sensitive nursing care.
Identify the uniqueness of selected cultural/religious traditions and complementary therapies and their effects on health practices.
Relate legal and ethical issues to the provision of culturally and spiritually sensitive professional, evidence-based nursing care.
Develop a holistic awareness of spirituality while differentiating it from religion.
TOPICAL OUTLINE: I. Introduction to Transcultural Nursing
A. Historical development of transcultural nursing
B. Importance of transcultural nursing
C. Students’ views of transcultural nursing
D. Transcultural nursing as a subspecialty within the nursing profession
Complete reading assignments and take online quizzes as directed in ReggieNet.
Participate in assigned class discussions on ReggieNet using discussion board or assignments tab.
Prepare a specific culture or religious tradition ‘handout’ for the classroom following the Purnell Model for Cultural Competence (Purnell & Paulanka, 2008, chapter 2). Include one nursing research article that evaluates the efficacy and effectiveness of a complementary therapy used in this culture on patient outcomes.
Identify culturally competent approaches based on the culture investigated with the culturalogical ‘handout’ using Leininger’s model of Culture Care Preservation/Maintenance, Culture Care Accommodation/Negotiation, and Culture Care Repatterning/Restructuring (Leininger & McFarland, 2002, p.80).
Complete a Culturalogical/Spiritual Assessment. Please turn in the typed assessment in class or online in ReggieNet under “Assignments” on the assigned due date.
Read Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Relin OR Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway to gain greater sensitivity to the Muslim culture or the Mali culture and reflect on ways to learn about another culture.
Type all written assignments.
Absence due to bereavement must follow the policy listed in the Student Handbook.
Adhere to College Policies and Procedures as outlined in MCN Student Handbook and Illinois State University Undergraduate Catalog.
Faculty Responsibilities—As a College of Nursing faculty member, we will
Remain current in our field and in the general nursing and healthcare environment.
Stay up-to-date with learning theory and pedagogy, applying appropriate innovations.
Present course materials in an organized, coherent manner.
Be on time for class and avoid canceling classes unnecessarily.
Encourage appropriate discussion and question from students.
Respect the opinions and responses of students.
Encourage feedback and, when appropriate, make changes based on it.
Develop meaningful assignments that contribute to student mastery of course and program competencies.
Write exams that fairly reflect the course content and coverage.
Use due care and thought in grading all assignments and exams.
Provide appropriate and timely feedback for all assignments and exams, recognizing that the time frame for returning graded material will vary.
Provide students with a reasonable opportunity to discuss assignments and grades without reprisal
Assign final grades with care and fairness.
Set and enforce standards for academic integrity so students who behave with honesty are not disadvantaged.
Conduct ourselves ethically, honestly, and with integrity in all situations.
Treat students, fellow faculty, staff, and administrators fairly and impartially.
Make every effort to prevent discrimination and harassment.
Behave and speak professionally, respectfully, and courteously at all times.
Safeguard any confidential information.
Be accessible and maintain adequate office hours.
Respectfully and appropriately use resources in cyberspace to enhance learning and/or communication.
Adapted with permission from the ISU College of Business Standards of Professional Behavior and Ethical Conduct Academic Integrity: Academic Integrity is expected in all educational endeavors. Students who have questions regarding issues of academic dishonesty should refer to the University regulation which outlines unacceptable behaviors in academic matters. It is the student’s and faculty’s responsibility to uphold the principles of Academic Integrity. Academic Integrity is required of you the student and myself (us) as your instructor (s). Academic Integrity should be used in preparation for this course, in class time, clinical time, regarding exams and with regard to written assignments. In certain circumstances (such as cheating or plagiarism, faculty may be required to refer a student (s) to Student Dispute Resolution Services for a violation of I.S.U.’s Code of Conduct.
If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this class, please contact Disability Concerns at 438-5853 (voice), 438-8620 (TDD).
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the office of Disability Concerns at Illinois State University for assistance. Please follow the guidelines for these concerns.
Nursing is a strenuous and physical occupation requiring physical lifting of more than 10 pounds, twisting, and bending. If you have any visual, auditory or lifting challenges, you are encouraged to discuss these with your clinical instructor for both your safety and the safety of your client. Some clinical sites do not allow braces, casts or crutches.
A learner who is having difficulty completing an assignment by the due date is expected to discuss this matter with the faculty member IN ADVANCE. If the learner does not address the matter with the faculty member in advance, an assignment turned in late will receive a zero. In addition, learners who receive an extended due date for completing an assignment and do not submit the assignment on the extended date will receive a zero for the assignment.