Cybele Angel

Master of Nursing student, University of Alberta

Poster Title: Does Cultural Safety in Nursing Practice Improve People’s Mental Health? A scoping review

Poster Description: Cultural Safety as a concept was developed in the late 1980s by Ramsden to address health disparities experienced by Maori, New Zealand’s indigenous population.  Ramsden noted that whenever a Maori patient felt disempowered or unsafe within the health care system the result was marginalization. She further noted that frequently the first healthcare provider encountered by a Maori patient was a Registered Nurse, which led her to develop Cultural Safety in the context of nurse-patient interactions. Ramsden viewed interactions as bicultural: there was one giver and one receiver of information. Consequently, the words culture and safety were carefully selected to fully encompass this interaction.  Culture is understood in the broadest sense, beyond ethnicity to embrace other ways to experience the world, differing attitudes and relationships. Safety was the responsibility of nurses to be competent practitioners.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding of the impact of cultural safety.
  • How does cultural safety impact mental health care experiences.


Tanya Park, RN PhD; Associate Professor, University of Alberta

Biography: I am an Associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.

Cybele Angel & Tanya Park – CFMHN Poster_2021