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A guide for students in NNU's nursing programs.

Ethics Case Study

The links to the right will provide information that may be helpful when determining how to work with a Native American family in a culturally sensitive way regarding end of life decisions.

In addition to the provided links try using these search terms in our databases or

  • american indians
  • native americans
  • multicultural communications 

along with these terms:

  • spirituality
  • end of life
  • palliative care
  • brain death criteria
  • advanced directives
  • after life or after-life


Books in the Library


Reference - 1st Floor E76.2.E53 1996     Hoxie, F. E. (1996). Encyclopedia of North American Indians.Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.  
Reference - 1st Floor E77 .P89 1998     Pritzker, B. (1998). Native Americans : An encyclopedia of history, culture, and peoples.Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO.
Reference - 1st Floor  BL2525.E53 1988    Lippy, C. H., & Williams, P. W. (1988). Encyclopedia of the American religious experience : Studies of traditions and movements.New York: Scribner.
 Reference - 1st Floor QH332 .E52 2004

Post, S. G. (2004). Encyclopedia of bioethics(3rd ed.). New York: Macmillan Reference.

See section on "brain death" for good definitions and religious and cultural implications

eBook American Indian Health & Nursing