Date of Award

Winter 12-8-2009

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Cheryl Leuning

Second Advisor

Ruth Enestvedt


Older Oromo women who immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s have experienced several stressful life events including war, famine, acculturation, harsh northern climate, a new language (English), and multiple experiences different from those in their native country, Ethiopia. Coping with these new experiences, correlates with a high level of depressive symptoms that Oromo people call "sadness." The purpose of this project is to create and describe a transcultural model of nursing practice in community that aims to decrease sadness among older Oromo women by promoting community building and healthy life choices in the midst of change. A praxis approach guided by Madeleine Leininger's theory of culture care diversity and universality was used in reviewing the literature and creating a community building culture care model. The model is described in this paper and suggestions are offered for ways that the model might be implemented and evaluated.


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