Essay on Community Nursing 405 Windshield Survey

1006 Words Feb 29th, 2012 5 Pages
There are many changes that I have observed in my neighborhood since living here for 21 years. There has been a recent migration of homeowners moving out of the neighborhoods. The home owners are either renting out their homes, to a new influx of section 8 tenants or they have chosen to walk away from their homes leaving many in the area to go into foreclosure. Foreclosure and crime are two of the biggest element of change that I have noticed in my neighborhood, and many of these problems arise from the economy, health and illness, and familial structure breakdown. This has caused a change in the way the homes in the area appear. Currently, many of the homes have lost their curb appeal. At one time this neighborhood had …show more content…
Since visually you can sense what some of their needs are have companies present that may offer them solutions. Debt counseling services, mortgage loan representatives, school counselors, Red Cross services, Catholic Charities, Neighborhood service centers, children and family services, city council members and the mayor. The difficulty that I faced in this project is separating myself from what I viewed as the norm in my neighborhood, and incorporating my education, diversity teachings and cultural competence as well as new title as the nurse of the community even though I am a part of this community. I must also take this experience and be able to apply it to any neighborhood representing any ethnicity or culture. The Office of Minority Health states that cultural 'Competence' implies having the capacity to function effectively as an individual and an organization within the context of the cultural beliefs, behaviors, and needs presented by consumers and their communities. Campinha-Bacote (2003b) brought insight to the problem of defining culture when she stated, "Cultural values give an individual a sense of direction as well as meaning to life. She further states “that addressing cultural diversity goes beyond knowing the values, beliefs, practices, and customs of diverse groups, other faces of cultural diversity include "religious affiliations, language, physical size, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability

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