School of Nursing
care, culture, Dominican Republic, ethnonursing method, qualitative method, transcultural nursing
The purpose of this ethnonursing study was to discover, describe and analyze the meanings, beliefs and practices of care for Dominican people living in a rural village of the Dominican Republic. Leininger's Culture Care Diversity and Universality Theory and ethnonursing method was utilized as an organizing framework for studying the domain of inquiry. Interviews were conducted with nineteen general informants and ten key informants, all of whom were rural Dominicans living in the village of Villegas 60 miles northwest of Santo Domingo. Exhaustive analysis of audio-taped interviews revealed eighteen categories and nine patterns from which three main themes emerged. The themes were (a) family presence is essential for meaningful care experiences and care practices for rural Dominicans, (b) respect and attention are central to the meaning of care and care practices for rural Dominicans, and (c) rural Dominicans value and utilize both generic (folk) and professional care practices. These findings also detailed what rural Dominicans and Dominican immigrants may value and expect from caregivers in the professional caring relationship. Implications and recommendations for nursing theory, practice, education, policy and research are described.
Schumacher, G. (2006). Culture Care Meanings, Beliefs and Practices of Rural Dominicans in a Rural Village of the Dominican Republic: An Ethnonursing Study Conceptualized within the Culture Care Theory (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1160