Congratulations on the new job Gator.
Take a look at your text books form your begining nursing classes. Many of those address the issue of cultural beliefs that influence nursing and health care. I have an old Harkreader text that has a full chapter describing differences in communincation style, health beliefs, the whole pain issue.
Are you working in a diverse community? How about your coworkers? Once you get to know people at work, you may be able to engage them in conversations about their culture.
I found it was also helpful to ask patients of families about beliefs (when we actuall have time to chat), once we got to know each other a bit. Some families were really open and talkative. One family actually took me under their wing, telling me about their heritage, family structure, how family took care of family. I think they were pleased that I asked. Had a taste of some really great baclava too (spelling
Good luck to you in your new job. The learning is just begining!!!