Cultural Safety as an Ethic of Care: A Praxiological Process

Rosemary Mceldowney, Margaret Connor

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    New writings broadening the construct of cultural safety, a construct initiated in Aotearoa New Zealand, are beginning to appear in the literature. Therefore, it is considered timely to integrate these writings and advance the construct into a new theoretical model. The new model reconfigures the constructs of cultural safety and cultural competence as an ethic of care informed by a postmodern perspective. Central to the new model are three interwoven, co-occurring components: an ethic of care, which unfolds within a praxiological process shaped by the context. Context is expanded through identifying the three concepts of relationality, generic competence, and collectivity, which are integral to each client-nurse encounter. The competence associated with cultural safety as an ethic of care is always in the process of development. Clients and nurses engage in a dialogue to establish the level of cultural safety achieved at given points in a care trajectory.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)342-349
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


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