Many get caught up in the impersonal side healthcare. Patient must be more than just a body in a bed. Each 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 that, you need to understand the culture your patient comes from.
The Polynesians have deep, loving and powerful cultures. Cultures that everyone can and should learn from. Cultural competency is not a new concept in healthcare, 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 Polynesian cultures.