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Alvernia Nursing Students Offer “Worlds Intersect” Cultural Luncheon
Date:5/17/2013

Reading, PA (PRWEB) May 17, 2013

With the help of education, psychology, and music students, Alvernia nursing students offered a semester-ending cultural luncheon at Alvernia University.

Alvernia University freshman nursing student Rixye Melendez knows first-hand the importance of cultural awareness and sensitivity.

Born in Honduras, Central America, she lived in New York City before moving to Reading in 2006. Through extensive interaction with people of many backgrounds throughout her life, Melendez has developed an appreciation for cultural differences and understands the need to be respectful of cultural traditions that are different from her own.

She believes that understanding will serve her especially well in her nursing career.

“I think it’s important for everyone to be culturally aware and sensitive, but it’s especially important for nurses,” Melendez said. “Once we graduate, we’ll be caring for patients from all over the world."

Melendez, along with other members of her Transcultural Nursing class, participated recently in a cultural luncheon at Alvernia University. Students of many different cultures participated by providing food, entertainment and items such as clothing or musical instruments that represented their heritages.

In addition to students studying toward healthcare degrees, students in education, psychology and music programs also helped to plan and run the “Worlds Intersect” luncheon.

Dr. Theresa M. Adams, assistant professor of nursing who teaches a Transcultural Nursing class at Alvernia, has helped to organize a cultural luncheon for nursing students for eight years. It is imperative, Adams said, that nur
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