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

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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?

 

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