Ethnic Groups & Religions
In order to better care for patients from different cultures, backgrounds and religions a nurse should practice cultural humility. To do this:
- Sit down with the patient
- Suspend your beliefs and try to understand their perspectives
- Learn from the patient
- Learn to respect differences
The library has the following books on Reserve that covers many ethnic groups.
RES-NUR RA418.5.T73 D39 2014
Includes: African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians/Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, Whites (non-Hispanics), Muslims and Hindus.
RES-NUR RT86.54 .G35 2015
Includes: African Americans, Anglo-Americans, Asians, Hispanics/Latinos, Middle Easterners, Native Americans, Russians, South Asians, Southeast Asians and others.
Encyclopedias give an introduction to your topic.
Search these online encyclopedias for background information on your group.
- Credo This database is a collection of encyclopedias and reference sources. Type in your ethnic or religious group in the search box. You may also limit the search to "Health & Medicine" under the Subject tab.
Use Alexandria, our catalog, to find books on your group.
Use the following keyword searches with your group.
Culture and Amish
- Culture and _____
- Religion and ______
- Health and _____
- Health beliefs and _____
- Healthcare and ______
- Health care and _______
- Healthcare beliefs and _______
- Heath care beliefs and ______
- Nursing and ______
- Ethnic group or religion as a keyword
Use the subject heading:
- Transcultural nursing
- Ethnic group or religion as a subject
If you need help in searching Alexandria, ask a librarian!
A sample of books & eBooks from the library's collection that may be helpful
ebook RA418.5.T73 CUL 2014
ebook RA418.5.T73 D74 2013
Diversity and cultural competence in health care: A systems approach
ebook RA418.5 .T73 K47 2019
ebook RA418.5.T73 T73 2013
Transcultural health care: A culturally competent approach
ebook RA564.9 .H65 H42 2014
ebook RT62 .P37 2018
BL65 ,M4 W67 2010
World religions for healthcare professionals
BL85 .M4 B69 2008
RA418 .B64 2013
RA418.5.T73 C765 2003
RA418.5 .T73 K45 2004
RA418.5 .T73 R58 2017
RA418.5.T73 S64 2017
Cultural diversity in health and illness
RA418.5.T73 T73 2013
Transcultural health care: A culturally competent approach
RA418.5.T73 Y44 2005
Health matters: A pocket guide to working with diverse cultures and underserved populations
RA427.8. H497515 2015
Health promotion in multicultural populations: A handbook for practitioners and students
RA564.8 .D67 2009
Doorway thoughts: cross-cultural health care for older adults, volume 2
RT41 .B92 2015
Fundamentals of nursing care (2nd ed.)
Includes: Jewish, Hindu, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Asian Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, Amish, Catholic, Protestant and Christian Scientists. (Tables 8-2, 8-3, 8-4) (pages 150-158, 162-163)
RT41 .T39 2019
RT41 .T54 2016
Fundamental nursing skills and concepts
Many general nursing books will have some information on cultural, ethnic or religious groups. Browse around the call number area of RT41.
RT85.2 .R455 2012
RT86.54 A53 2016
RT86.54 .A53 2020
RT86.54 T73 2017
TX357 .K58 2008
Has health beliefs and practices for several ethnic groups. Information ranges from a paragraph to two pages in length.
Selecting Journal Databases for articles
Visit the Nursing page of the library.
(If you are working from off-campus, all databases will request your login information. This is the same combination of username/password that you use to log onto the computers on campus.)
Search Journal Databases
CINAHL Complete: Search
- Use "Cultural Values" as an Exact Subject Heading (MH) AND
- Ethnic or religious group
- Use "Health beliefs" as an Exact Subject Heading (MH) AND
- Ethnic or religious group
For all database searches
Other keywords may be used along with the name of the ethnic or religious group:
- transcultural nursing
- transcultural care
- cultural diversity
- cultural sensitivity
- cultural values
- cultural beliefs
- cultural values and beliefs
- nurse-patient relationship
- nursing practices
- nursing care
- health beliefs
When searching the databases you may need to limit your search according to the assignment:
- Peer-reviewed articles
- Evidence-based practice articles
- Within the last five years
If you don't know how to limit your searching, ask a librarian!
Search the Web
To search the web, try these search strategies:
greek nursing considerations
- ______ nursing considerations
- "Cultural implications for nursing care of the _____"
- ______ cultural health practices
- ______ cultural health practices and beliefs
- ______ culture and healthcare practices
- ______ culture care
- ______ health beliefs
- ______ health practices
- ______ health beliefs and practices
- ______ culture values
- ______ cultural values
- ______ beliefs
- ______ healthcare
- ______ traditions
There are many websites that discuss the importance of cultural understanding regarding healthcare. The websites listed below contain several different cultures and religions. For websites that pertain only to one culture or religion, use the tips listed in the section above: "Search the Web".
Includes: African American Christians, African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion), Amish, Baptist, Buddhism, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Episcopalian, Greek Orthodox, Hinduism, Hispanic, Humanism, Indian
Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Judaism, Korean, Non-Denominational Christian (Elim Christian Fellowship), Pentecostal, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Unitarian Universalist and Vietnamese.
Includes: Buddhist, Catholic, Christian Scientist, Hindu, Jehovah’s Witness, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Protestant and Scientologist patients.
Includes: Aboriginal, African, African American, Albanian, Amish, Armenian, Austrian
Baha’I, Baptist, Bisexual, Bosnian/Serbian/Slovenian/Croatian, Buddhist, Burmese
Burmese (Karen), Canadian, Catholic, Catholic Orthodox, Chinese, Cuban, Czech and Slovakian, Danish, Dominican, Dutch, East Indian, Episcopalian, Filipino, French, Gay, German, Greek, Haitian, Hare Krishna, Hawaiian, Hindu, Hungarian, Irish, Islamic/Arabic, Italian, Jain, Jamaican, Japanese, Jehovah’s Witness, Korean, Lebanese, Lesbian, Mexican, Mormon, Nepalese, Norwegian, Orthodox Jewish, Pakistani, Panamanian, Polish, Puerto Rican, Rastafarian, Reformed Jewish, Romanian, Russian, Scientologist, Scottish, Shinto, Somali, Swedish, Thai, Transgender, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Wiccan and Zoroastrian
Includes: Arab, Muslim, Chinese, East Indian, Filipino, Korean and Vietnamese.
The focus is on Minnesota, but the information can be used for insight into the ethnic groups listed. The site includes: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Indians, Bhutanese, Cambodians, Ethiopians, European Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Hmongs, Iraqis, Karen, Liberians, Mexican Americans, Russians, Somalians and Vietnamese.
Includes: Afghan, Bosnian, Burmese, Burundian, Cambodian, Chinese, Cuban, Ethiopian & Eritrean, Hmong, Iranian, Iraqi, Korean, Kurdish, Laotian, Liberian, Mexican, Russian, Somali, Somali Bantu Sudanese, Ukrainian and Vietnamese cultures.
Includes: Austrian, Bhutanese, Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, Fijian, Finnish, German, Greek, Indonesian, Lao, Papua New Guinean, Filipino, Polish, Russian, Samoan, Swiss, Tokelauan and Vietnamese.
Includes: Cambodian, Chin, Chinese, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Hispanic/Latino, Hmong, Iraqi, Karen, Nepali-speaking Bhutanese, Oromo, Somali, Somali Bantu, Burmese, Congolese, South Asian, Syrian refugee, Vietnamese, and Marshallese. Also click on the “Cross Cultural Help” link for more information.
Includes: Adventist, Seventh‐Day, African‐American, American Indian/Native American, Amish (Anabaptists), Arab American, Baptist, Brazilian, Buddhism, Chinese American, Church of Christ, Scientist, Colombians, Cuban, Dominican, East Indian, Episcopalian, European‐ American, Filipino, Gypsy (Roma), Haitian, Hinduism, Islam (Muslim), Jamaican/West Indian, Japanese American, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Judaism, Korean American, Lutheran, Mennonite (Anabaptists), Methodist, United, Mexican, Mormons/Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints, Pentecostal/Assemblies of God, Presbyterian, Puerto Rican, Roman Catholic, Sikhism, Unitarian and Vietnamese American.
The Handbook includes: Includes: African-American/ Black, Arab, Bahá'í, Buddhism, Chinese, Christian Science, Cuban, East Indian, Eastern Orthodox, Egyptian, Filipino, Ghanaian, Gypsy/ Roma, Haitian, Hawaiian spirituality, Hinduism, Hispanic-American, Indonesian, Iranian, Islam (Muslim) Sunni vs. Shiite, Jamaican, Japanese, Jehovah’s Witness, Judaism, Kenyan, Korean, Libyan, Mormonism, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Protestantism, Rastafarian Movement, Roman Catholicism, Russian, Santeria, Seventh-day Adventism, Sikhism, South African, Tibetan, Vietnamese, Voodoo and Wicca.
Includes: Black/African Americans, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders.
Covers African, Asian, Hispanic, LGBT, Native and Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Americans. Has an overview of health disparities in America.
Cultures start on page 38. Includes: African/Black American Culture, Arab American Culture, Bahai Spirituality, Buddhist Spirituality, Catholic Spirituality, Chinese American Culture, Christian Science Spirituality, East Indian Culture, Gypsy Culture, Hindu Spirituality, Hispanic American Culture, Iranian Culture, Japanese American Culture, Jehovah Witness Spirituality, Jewish Spirituality, Korean Culture, Mormon (Latter Day Saints) Spirituality, Muslim (Islam) Spirituality, Native American Culture, Native American Spirituality, Protestant Spirituality, Russian Culture, Seventh Day Adventist Spirituality, Sikh Spirituality Somali Culture, Vietnamese Culture and Wicca Spirituality.
Includes several world religions. Anglican Church Of Canada, Baha'i, Baptist, Buddhism, Cao Dai, Christian And Missionary Alliance, Christian Science, Christianity, Church Of Christ, Church Of God International, Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), Confucianism, Coptic Orthodox Doukhobors, Eastern Orthodox, First Nations, Four Square Gospel, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Judaism, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Pentecostal Assemblies, Presbyterian, Quakers, Rastafarianism, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventists, Shintoism, Sikhism, Taoism, Unitarian, United Church Of Canada and Zoroastrianism.
Includes: 7th-Day Adventists, Buddhists, Christian Scientists, Hindus, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jewish, Lutherans, Mormons (LDS), Muslims, Native Americans, Protestants, Roman Catholics, Sikhs, Zoroastrians and others.
From PennMedicine (University of Pennsylvania). Includes: Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Jehovah’s Witness, Jewish, Muslim and Pentecostal religions.
Includes: Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan and Vietnamese traditions.
Includes: African American, Anglo American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern, Native American, Russian, South Asian and Southeast Asian