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Cultural Mindfulness

Cultural Mindfulness is a groundbreaking solution which transforms nurses into social justice-focused healthcare providers. Combining the frameworks of culture, mindfulness, and harm reduction through immersive and engaged strategies leads to sustainable change by addressing knowledge, skill and attitudes. 

While educational programs which focus on culture increase students’ knowledge, the integration of mindfulness enhances participants’ knowledge (including self-knowledge) and encourages safe exploration of attitudes and allows for life-long learning related to skills.  Similarly, harm reduction increases knowledge, including that of self-harm resulting from ineffective interactions with clients and co-workers.  Harm reduction opens up new ways of viewing those interactions (attitudes) and creates the opportunity for life-long skill enhancement.


Cultural Mindfulness

as a Solution



  • Cultural mindfulness leads to

    • Improved patient outcomes

    • Healthier working relationships

    • Client satisfaction

  • Cultural mindfulness bridges the gaps by

    • Working with individuals and organizations to identify obstacles and opportunities

    • Combining on incremental (harm reduction), innovative (mindfulness) and conventional (cultural competence)

    • Acknowledging that long-term change requires a sustainability plan


“Mindfulness means to pay attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.

The emphasis on being “purposeful” is crucial as a counterbalance to the automatic pilot default that inhabits our mind most of the time. 


  1. Mindfulness means to return to the present moment. We can always return our mind to the present moment, return it to our breath or our senses that can be found in the present moment. 

  2. Mindfulness is the self-regulation of attention with an attitude of curiosity, openness, and acceptance.

Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. What Matters Most? MINDFULNESS  Psychology Today  11/1/2017


  • The customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group also: the characteristic features of everyday existence shared by people in a place or time 

  • The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization a corporate culture focused on the bottom line

Harm Reduction

“Harm reduction can be described as a strategy directed toward individuals or groups that aims to reduce the harms associated with certain behaviors.”  “It emphasizes the measurement of health, social and economic outcomes…”


Paediatr Child Health. 2008 Jan; 23(1): 53-56 doi: 10.1093/pch/13.1.53

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