EDITORIAL

Transcultural communication: the cornerstone of culturally competent care

Lynn C Parsons
SCI Nursing: a Publication of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses 2002, 19 (4): 160-3
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Cultural diversity will continue to expand in the "great melting pot"--the United States of America. The ability of the nurse to foster transcultural communication will remain a very real challenge in rendering culturally competent health care. Accepting differences in people and displaying a nonjudgmental attitude are essential for the nurse to communicate successfully across different cultural groups. In conclusion, nurses must be engaged in a dynamic dialogue to ameliorate transcultural communication, avoid language barriers, and employ approaches to enhance nurse-patient rapport.

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