Many nurses and providers get caught up in the impersonal side healthcare. Patients are more than just a body in a bed. Every patient is a unique individual. Each one deserving of individualized care. That care should focus on healing the Body, Mind and Spirit. In order to do this, you need to understand the culture your patient comes from.
The Native Americans have long, proud and symbolic cultures. Cultures that everyone can learn from. Cultural competency is not a new concept, it has been a focus of the nursing profession for many years. Our hope is that this free textbook will help nurses, nursing students, providers and anyone interested, on the road to becoming culturally competent in relation to Native American cultures.