A multicultural nursing workforce and cultural perspectives in Saudi Arabia : an overview

Almutairi, Adel & McCarthy, Alexandra L. (2012) A multicultural nursing workforce and cultural perspectives in Saudi Arabia : an overview. theHealth, 3(3), pp. 71-74.

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This paper provides an overview of the cultural perspectives and practices in Saudi Arabia that could help expatriate health care providers to understand Saudi culture and enhance cultural competence. The healthcare system in Gulf countries, particularly, Saudi Arabia, is mainly staffed by expatriate nurses, who account for 67.7% of the total number of nurses. This gives rise to a multicultural environment in the hospital, where people of different cultures interact with each other and take care of Saudi patients who are from the dominant culture. In this scenario, a lack of knowledge of Saudi culture among nurses can lead to cultural conflicts and misunderstanding of some of the behaviors and practices of the indigenous Saudi people. Culture is a complex notion; however, being aware of cultural differences and having cultural knowledge can help people to interact safely. Educating expatriate nurses about the cultural heritage of the Saudi people, which is mainly influenced by Islamic teachings, is important to increase cultural harmony.

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ID Code: 57066
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Saudi Arabia, expatriate nurses, culture and cultural differences
ISSN: 2219-8083
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Lahore Institute of Public Health
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2013 23:39
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:47

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