Developing cultural sensitivity and awareness in nursing overseas
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Developing cultural sensitivity and awareness in nursing overseas

Diane Norton Senior lecturer, School of Nursing, University of Greenwich, London
Diane Marks-Maran Honorary research fellow, University of Greenwich, London

Many nurses are choosing to work in other countries, providing an opportunity to broaden their experience and knowledge. However, it is important that nurses who have the opportunity to work overseas develop cultural awareness and sensitivity before arriving. This article provides a reflective account of the experiences of one of the authors of working overseas. From the reflective account and evidence available in the literature on cultural sensitivity, insights are offered to nurses who may be considering working overseas to ensure they are adequately prepared.

Nursing Standard. 28, 44,39-43. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.44.39.e8417

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 07 October 2013

Accepted: 12 March 2014