Cultural Competency Case Study
The health care system may be unique in being a true melting pot of cultures, ethnicities and races. No matter ones background, health care and maintenance is a necessity of life. The cultural landscape of America is a constantly changing one. It is project that by the year 2045 that non-Hispanic Caucasians will represent less than 50% of the U.S. population for the first time (Alba, 2015). However this estimate may actually be inaccurate because of the numerous American families that already incorporation multiple racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. Nurse anesthetist that provide anesthesia for surgery are exposed to myriad of cultures and difference related to them. These difference may affect how an anesthetist …show more content…
One culture may believe in punctuality and believe a procedure should be done at the precise time it is scheduled, another may have a more relaxed feeling on the schedules and arrive late for their procedure. A patient may request a moment to themselves prior to leaving for surgery to pray or may want to pray with their family and surgical staff. How does one know recognize different culture beliefs?
The simplest way is to ask the patient is they have any special cultural and spiritual belief that should be recognized by the staff. Additional a nurse anesthetist may want to do some research regarding the cultural diversity of an area. This is especially true if the CRNA is new to an area such as being a new graduate that just moves to an area or if they are filling a temporary assignment. This can be done by reading local newspapers, visiting libraries, or consulting an expert. If a significant portion of a community is made up of specific religious group or ethnic minority, it is like an anesthetist is going to interact with someone of that group sooner or later. It is beneficial to the anesthetist to be aware of the group and if there are specific belief that should be recognized. Bahreman and Swaboda (2016) states that reading and learning about different cultures do not provide an adequate experience. That greater experiences come from using scenarios to highlight cultures