Transcultural Concepts in Nursing Care



Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2021), the National League for Nursing (NLN), and the American Nurses Association (ANA) and other organiza tions for preparation of nurses in transcultural nursing to provide evidence-based culturally competent care to people. I would like to share the significance of each editor’s illustrious career, especially as writers and editors of this text, which has contributed to the remarkable evolution of transcultural nursing. Dr. Joyceen Boyle conducted research on mater nal and child health in a “squatter” or marginal settlement in Guatemala in the early 1980s in the middle of a 36-year civil war or “armed conflict.” This experience set the stage for further research and activism focusing on the myriad of relation ships between social equity and health, and con cern for migrants/asylum-seekers at the southern border of the United States. Joyceen also con ducted research with Salvadorans in Utah who had fled violence from that country. She helped many members from this research sample to obtain U.S. citizenship owing in large part to the signed human assurance forms proving their resi dence in the country for the allotted number of years. Joyceen also served as a consultant to the College of Nursing at the University of Baghdad before the highly contested Desert Storm and later Iraqi wars. Her efforts helped to preserve academic nursing education with direct commu nication with the late President Saddam Hussein. Cultural considerations, and caring behaviors, as well as human rights and migrant health led to her many years of work with Amnesty International. In 2019, she received the first Asylum Casework Award from Amnesty International, USA. Her concentration on human rights became the bed rock of Dr. Boyle’s public service and contributed to the development and evolution of her role as a global transcultural nurse. Major contributions of her career were educating undergraduate and graduate nursing students in community health and transcultural nursing, 14 years of which were spent teaching undergraduate nursing students at the University of Utah. Joyceen followed her fac ulty position in Utah with faculty positions at the Dr. John Collins joined the team of editors of this text in the eighth edition and continues as a coeditor on the ninth edition. Following his PhD in transcultural nursing under the leadership of Drs. Margaret Andrews and Marilyn McFarland, John served as Project Director of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded Veteran Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program at the University of Michigan, Flint. He identified and educated others about the unique culture of persons transitioning from military service (active duty) to veteran status, increased opportunities for veteran nursing edu cation, and made available important cultural information for the profession of nursing within the Veterans Administration. As a retired USAF Colonel and veteran myself, and a contributor to another HRSA grant for Veteran BSN education in primary care at Florida Atlantic University, I appreciated sharing over the years with John about his commitment for veterans and their fam ilies. Dr. Collins is now a nursing administrator, the Dean of the School of Nursing, at Rochester University, Michigan. As a university leader and educator, he is devoted to an emphasis on student and faculty transcultural awareness, spiritual underpinnings, and the provision of culturally competent care to people of all cultures and ages. John’s ethnonursing research has focused on using Copyright © 2023 Wolters Kluwer, Inc. Unauthorized reproduction of the content is prohibited. Medical College of Georgia and the University of Arizona, researching continuously and pub lishing widely. While working at the Medical College of Georgia, Joyceen formed a Qualitative Research Group with three of her graduate stu dents. For 12 years, they collected data and published extensively about African American mothers who provided care to adult children with HIV/AIDS. She served as the first President of the Transcultural Nursing Society. Dr. Boyle fur thered the commitment to humane and scientific knowledge-development by describing, explain ing, and interpreting transcultural nursing, which acknowledged diverse cultures, kinship systems, ideologies, history, and geopolitical environ ments of many nation states to provide theory guided, culturally congruent care.

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