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altruism, games, transcultural nursing



  1. Dowd, Steven EdD, RT(R), (QM)(MR)(CT) (M)
  2. Davidhizar, Ruth RN, DNS, ARNP, BC, FAAN
  3. Giger, Joyce Newman EdD, RN, APRN, BC, FAAN


Why do some individuals choose the professions they do? Is it for altruistic reasons? This article examines this question from the standpoints of sociobiology, evolutionary biology, game theory, and memetics. Implications for transcultural nursing are included. The Giger-Davidhizar Transcultural Assessment Model is presented as a nursing model and might explain altruism even beyond other models. An overview of the Giger-Davidhizar Transcultural Assessment Model is included.