Mary J. Isaacson

Learn More
Cultural competency in the delivery of health care to diverse population groups has become an urgent need in the United States. Yet, despite the incorporation of cultural competency education into nursing curricula, inequities in health care remain. The purpose of this mixed-method study was to identify if differences in perceptions of cultural competence(More)
PURPOSE Palliative care options are limited for Native Americans (NA) in South Dakota (SD). This exploratory study offers the perspectives of Native and non-Native health care professionals regarding palliative care specific to NAs. DESIGN Semi-structured interviews were conducted (N = 7) with participants representing NA (4) and non-Native (3)(More)
PURPOSE American Indians/Alaska Natives (AIs/ANs) have higher rates of chronic illness and lack access to palliative/end-of-life (EOL) care. This integrative review ascertained the state of the science on culturally acceptable palliative/EOL care options for Indigenous persons in the United States. DESIGN Databases searched: CINAHL, PubMed/MEDLINE,(More)
AIMS To explore nurse comfort with patient-initiated prayer request scenarios. BACKGROUND Spiritual care is fundamental to patient care evidenced by Joint Commission requirement of a spiritual assessment on a patient's hospital admission. Prayer is an assessment component. Patients may seek solace and support by requesting prayer from the bedside nurse,(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To describe rural and urban palliative/hospice care nurses' communication strategies while providing spiritual care for patients and families at end of life. BACKGROUND Nurses aim to provide holistic care consisting of physical, psychological and spiritual components. However, it is well documented that spiritual care is largely(More)
  • 1