Ethnic and Cultural Considerations in Forensic Nursing – Comment

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Becoming culturally aware is something we all as nurses need to work on. In my area of work you have to be and you have to be nonjudgmental. It does not take a license to have a baby. Some of the nurses on my staff, particularly to younger ones are always saying, “we can’t let that Mom take that baby home”. It may not be the way we would live. It may not be upper middle class. They need not personalize it so much and give the parent the best tools that we can to help them care for the child. We are not going to change with way some people live and their culture, but we can give them ways to help themselves in our culture that will fit theirs.

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