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  1. Mendyka, Brian E. MSN, MA, RN


This article offers useful approaches for understanding culture as an important component for providing holistic care in nursing. Watson's Model of Human Care exemplifies a way to interpret the cultural experience of illness within a holistic framework, helping nurses explain and then detail alternative caring perspectives. A clinical exemplar using this framework will help to explore the interchange between caring and culture. In doing so, Watson's Model of Human Care can be shown to hold great promise for understanding human illness as a cultural event and contribute to holistic care in nursing practice.