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Transcultural Nursing Resources: Articles

  1. Start by reading an essay on your specific culture group:
    Gale EBOOKS: Medicine is a good place to start. Under Browse Collections, click Multicultural Studies, then in the searach box, type in your ethnic group, e.g.: Italian americans; Mexican americans....There are essays and plenty of information for almost every ethnic group. 
  2. Search library databases for articles on specific cultures. Related databases include:

​​​Search Strategy: keyword searching is possible; however, searching by subject terms will make your searching more precise, and enable you to retrieve more relevant articles.  Try Arabs and culture, blacks and transcultural nursing, Hispanics and culture values, Chinese and transcultural care.  More subject terms are provided below.  

Ethnic Groups

 American Indians

Subject Terms

Transcultural Nursing
Transcultural Care
   Cultural Diversity
   Cultural Sensitivity
   Cultural Values
   Ethnic Groups
Medicine, Arabic
Medicine, Herbal
Medicine, Traditional
Faith Healing
Complementary Therapies
Medicine, Chinese Traditional
Drugs, Chinese Herbal
Medicine, Native American

Transcultural Nursing Resources: Online/ eBooks

  • De Chesnay, M., & Anderson, B. (2020). Caring for the vulnerable: perspectives in nursing theory, practice, and research  (Fifth edition.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.  Available Full-Text Online
  • Dreher, M., Skemp, L., & Lehmann, S. (2016). Healthy places, healthy people: a handbook for culturally informed community nursing practice. In Healthy places, healthy people (3rd ed.). Sigma Theta Tau International.  Available Full-Text Online
  • Kersey-Matusiak, G. (2019). Delivering Culturally Competent Nursing Care : Working with Diverse and Vulnerable Populations. In Delivering Culturally Competent Nursing Care : Working with Diverse and Vulnerable Populations (2nd ed.). Springer Publishing Company.  Available Full-Text Online

Transcultural Nursing Resources: Websites

These websites provide useful and reliable information on different cultures:

  • U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets from the U.S. Department of State  (
    Contain information on all the countries of the world with which the United States has relations. Include facts on the country's land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and its relations with other countries and the United States. 

  • CIA World Factbook  (
    The U.S. government's complete geographical handbook, featuring maps and flags of all nations. Each country profile tracks such demographics as population, ethnicity and literacy rates, as well as political, geographical and economic data. 
  • EthnoMed (
    This site provides information on cultural beliefs, language, and health issues of recent immigrants. Particularly useful are the links to cultural profiles, health topics, cross-cultural topics and patient education. 
  • MEDLINEplus Health Information  (
    Produced by the National Library of Medicine. Includes links to Web sites dealing with health issues for various ethnic groups and special populations including Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, and seniors. 
  • Transcultural Nursing Society (
    This is the official Web site of the Transcultural Nursing Society. It provides information about the organization, with links to its annual conference, workshops, and the Journal of Transcultural Nursing.