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Frances Richardson

Doctor of Philosophy, (Nursing)
Study Completed: 2011
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Cultural safety in nursing education and practice in Aotearoa New Zealand

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Cultural safety has been taught within the New Zealand nursing education curriculum since 1990. Cultural safety focuses on how power plays out in the context of health care relationships. Drawing upon narratives of cultural safety from sixteen registered nurses and using an abductive analytical framework, Ms Richardson identified that during times of illness a person can experience vulnerability to professional and institutional practices. This may put their sense of identity and well being at risk. The study considered how nurses in different health care fields consciously used resources and opportunities available to them to open up possibilities for providing culturally safe care. She concluded that cultural safety is about the culture of nursing and the cultures of the settings in which nursing takes place. This research extends current understandings of cultural safety by positioning the concept within relational networks of power and influence shaped by context and fields of practice.

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