Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

'How can I include other cultures in the ward's Christmas festivities?'

  • Comment

Can you advise this student nurse?

Dear Nursing Times,

I’m from a small town in the North that is primarily white and Christian. I moved to London to go to uni and study nursing and one of the biggest differences I’ve found is the amazing diversity this city has to offer.

The diversity of patients I work with in my placement is no exception, I am able to treat patients from all over the world, who all have different pasts, stories, cultures, and traditions.

More recently, as Christmas gets closer, I’ve been wondering how to keep in mind this incredible diversity as we get ready for the festive season. I’ve been talking to patients about their Christmas plans and we’ve decorated the ward with decorations, but it recently occured to me to think about how to make the season special for people who don’t celebrate Christmas.

I’m not sure how to broach the subject or take on other traditions (in conversation or in our decorations) without causing offence, but I’d like to be able to cater to the traditions of all my patients. How do I make everyone feel included at this time of year?


Please use the comments section below to share your advice

If you would like to post a question here, please contact We will publish first names only, but please let us know if you’d rather remain anonymous.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs