Culturally competent care: Helping an immigrant mother's child with cancer return to elementary school

Hsian Chou Hsu, Mei Chih Huang

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In bicultural families in Taiwan, women who have immigrated to Taiwan and married a Taiwanese husband are often obligated to be the primary caregiver for their sick children. Thus, in Taiwan's transcultural healthcare environment these mothers are an important communication bridge between healthcare professionals and families. As mothers consider the education and development of their children while the latter recover from illness, they bear primary responsibility for communicating and coordinating amongst the family, hospital and school. Active and comprehensive nursing plans are needed to assist immigrant mothers and their children to complete treatment plans. The author is a primary nurse who helped the mother to understand care methods and how to integrate medical professional, teacher, and family member resources to make her child's reentry school successful. This article described the process of school reentry, follow-ups, specifc nursing intervention, and evaluation that contributed to the child achieving his developmental tasks. The author hopes this article can be a reference for clinical care and future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-89
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nursing
Issue number3 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jun 27

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)

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