Cultural safety and diversity: Refocusing our energies in mental health nursing practice, education and research

Cox, Leonie (2015) Cultural safety and diversity: Refocusing our energies in mental health nursing practice, education and research. In Australian College of Mental Health Nursing 41st International Mental Health Nursing Conference – Mental Health Nurses: Shifting Culture, Leading Change, 7-9 October 2015, Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, Qld.

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INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND: This presentation draws on a body of work assessing cultural safety's potential to generate change in mental health nursing research (Cox and Simpson 2015), in education and in clinical practice (Cox and Taua 2013, 2016; Happell, Cowin, Roper, Lakeman & Cox 2013).

It presents evidence to suggest that cultural safety could resolve the conceptual confusion surrounding culture and diversity in nursing curricular, in clinical and in research practice. The history and nature of mental health work recommend cultural safety to focus attention on diversity, power imbalance, racism, cultural dominance, and structural inequality, identified as barriers and tensions in clinical practice and in service user participation. Cultural safety gives mental health nursing a well theorized and articulated model, which is evolving to improve practice into the future.

DESCRIPTION: This work involved an immersion in the literature on cultural safety and the Service User Research movement. It draws on 5 months' work with a service users' research group in the UK and reflections on 9 years of cultural safety teaching.

POLICY/PRACTICE CHANGE: This work provokes a crucial change of emphasis from locating the source of issues in the diversity of people to locating it in how society responds to diversity: a change from individualistic to systemic concerns.

IMPLICATIONS FOR MENTAL HEALTH NURSING: Cultural safety in clinical practice, education, and research is specifically concerned with awareness of the impact of systemic workplace cultures and with staff cultural self-awareness to bring about cultural change and person-centred care of individuals' unique needs and aspirations within their life context.

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ID Code: 92673
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Abstract published in: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Special Issue: ACMHN's 41st International Mental Health Nursing Conference Mental health nurses: shifting culture, leading change 7–9 October 2015, Brisbane Convention Centre, Volume 24, Issue Supplement S1, pages 1–49, October 2015
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DOI: 10.1111/inm.12172
ISSN: 1445-8330
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Mental Health Nursing (111005)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.
Deposited On: 04 Feb 2016 23:18
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2016 23:18

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