Giving voice: incorporating the wisdom of Hispanic RNs into practice

J Cult Divers. 2009 Winter;16(4):151-7.


This study used Heideggerian phenomenology to: 1) explore professional practice values and ethical concerns of Hispanic nurses practicing in the Pacific Northwest; and 2) describe values conflicts experienced by Hispanic nurses in clinical practice. Twenty-seven Hispanic nurses were interviewed about nursing practice experiences. Themes included: obligation to serve the Hispanic community; correct cultural mistakes; teach about racism and discrimination; protect professional relationships; act as interpreter and cultural broker; balance additional workload; and represent all Hispanic nurses. Recommendations are included for creating an inclusive work environment that values the wisdom of diverse communities of nurses consistent with ICN Code of Ethics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel / ethnology*
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Cultural Competency
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Hispanic or Latino / education
  • Hispanic or Latino / ethnology*
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations / ethics
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Psychological
  • Nurse's Role / psychology*
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Staff / education
  • Nursing Staff / ethics*
  • Nursing Staff / psychology*
  • Oregon
  • Prejudice
  • Qualitative Research
  • Social Values / ethnology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Washington