Hawai‘i Pacific University’s School of Nursing, established
this fall, the Transcultural Nursing Center.
Seeing the growing diversity of the United States as a unique
opportunity for HPU and Hawai‘i’s multicultural communities,
the School of Nursing spearheaded a transcultural initiative
to enhance health care by designing a program that engages faculty,
students, and the community in developing culturally competent
health care skills.
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Culturally competent health care ensures that the ethnic/cultural
characteristics of individuals and their communities are incorporated
into health care services. An individual’s culture strongly
determines the wayin which health and illness is defined and
approached. An appreciation and respect for different beliefs
and practices, as well as the application of transcultural principles
and knowledge, greatly enhances one’s ability to work with different
Four HPU nursing professors announced the creation of the
new center at the 28th Annual International Conference of the
Transcultural Society meeting held in Toronto, Canada, in October.
The conference title was: Cultural Care Paradigms in Life Transitions:
An Interdisciplinary Approach. Presenting faculty were Jeanine
Tweedie, MSN, Patricia Burrell, Ph.D., ReNel Davis, Ph.D., and
Dale Allison, Ph.D. Their presentation was: Service- Learning
as a Vehicle for the Development of Transcultural Nursing: Culturally
Competent Care in a Multicultural Community. It demonstrated
the strengthening of transcultural nursing through utilization
of a HPU nursing faculty service-learning retreat in the closed
cultural community of Kalaupapa, Hawai‘i in January 2002.