Anthropology and Nursing?

  1. I am currently a senior at the University of Florida majoring in Anthropology. I want to continue my education when I graduate by going to nursing school - but would most like integrate these two fields. Are there any nursing schools out there that integrate these two disciplines? Thank you!

    Brena
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  3. by   SummerGarden
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    I am currently a senior at the University of Florida majoring in Anthropology. I want to continue my education when I graduate by going to nursing school - but would most like integrate these two fields. Are there any nursing schools out there that integrate these two disciplines? Thank you!

    Brena
    I had to take a class in it if that is what you mean? I'm kidding.

    The nursing field requires that professionals assess people and implement treatment using a holistic approach. So yes, as a practicing nurse you will be able to integrate your knowledge of Anthropology. Similar to those of us who have worked and/or earned a degree in Psych and Social Work.
  4. by   trellimana
    I don't know of any schools that focus on that aspect in particular (not that I've looked), but I have my M.A. in anthropology and have to say it comes in very handy in nursing school. I think the two fields ARE integrated to some degree, regardless of where you go to school (even if the classes are not titled "anthropology").

    I focused on cultural anthropology, which may make a difference, but IMO a discipline that promotes an awareness (of others) without judgment is a positive thing regardless of where you go with it.
  5. by   dacryocystitis
    I don't know of any specific schools with that focus BUT there is an "up and coming" field in nursing--transcultural nursing. Dr. Madeleine Leininger is a nurse-anthropologist who proposed similarities between nursing and anthropology. She is famous in nursing for her theory-generated model (The Sunrise Model) which depicts cultural care.

    nurses can become a certified transcultural nurse, so this may be something you would like to do.

    check out these websites for more information:
    www.madeleine-leininger.com
    and
    www.tcns.org
  6. by   athena55
    I agree with the above posters. Check out TCNS.
    I was on course to obtain my Ph.D in Cultural Anthro but quit to focus on my Masters in Nursing (gotta pay those bills, sigh) but I plan to get back into the doctoral program and finish it up.
    I agree that your Anthro degree would come in handy when dealing with Homo Sapian Sapian (smile) especially if you focused on cultural anthro. I am very interested in what drives and motivates people.
    \Good Luck to you in your studies!
    athena
  7. by   dhhsmith
    Quote from bel613
    I am currently a senior at the University of Florida majoring in Anthropology. I want to continue my education when I graduate by going to nursing school - but would most like integrate these two fields. Are there any nursing schools out there that integrate these two disciplines? Thank you!

    Brena

    Hello Brena,

    I'm an RN with a MS in Physical Anthropology and a MSN. Case Western Reserve University has a combined MSN/MA (Anthropology) Joint degree you might be interested in checking it out. Web address is www.case.edu

    Best of luck,

    Deborah
  8. by   Pneumothorax
    one of my closest friends got his Bachelors in Anthropology. He is now in an ABSN program

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