Cultural boundary surfing in mental health nursing: A creative narration

  • Kidd J
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Abstract

In the mental health context, nurses navigate multifaceted boundaries every day in an effort to develop and maintain the therapeutic relationship; an endeavour that is breathtaking in its complexity. In this paper, I adopt an unconventional form of writing to explore the individual nature of cultural boundaries, and uncover hidden messages that impact on our efforts to build connections across cultures and ethnicities in mental health settings. Presented as a play, the conversation between protagonists explores cultural competence alongside the notion of 'discovery', and the potential of the Tidal Model to provide a vehicle for successful cultural boundary surfing.

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  • Cultural competence
  • Ethnicity
  • Maori
  • Relationship
  • Tidal model

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  • Jacquie Kidd

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