Why Is Ethnocentrism an Important Concept for Nurses?
Ethnocentrism is an important concept for nurses to understand because it has a huge impact on the way we will deliver nursing care. Ethnocentrism is defined by Germov, (2005) as â€œviewing others from oneâ€™s own cultural perspective, with an implied sense of cultural superiority based on an inability to understand or accept the practices and beliefs of other cultures.â€ (p.152). To understand the term ethnocentrism properly we also need to be aware of what culture actually is as it is commonly misconceived. â€œCulture refers to the beliefs and practices common to any particular group of people.â€ (Nursing Council, 2009, p. 4). â€œCulture includes, but is not restricted to, age or generation, gender, sexual orientation, occupation and socioeconomic status, ethnic origin or migrant experience, religious or spiritual belief and disability.â€ (Dempsey, French, Hillege & Wilson 2009, p. 107)
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