Essay on Cultural Diversity in Nursing Care

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Cultural Diversity in Nursing Care

November 01, 2010

Cultural Diversity in Nursing Care
Health in all cultures is an important aspect of life. A person’s cultural background, religion and/or beliefs, greatly influences a person’s health and their response to medical care (Spector, 2004). These diverse cultures guide decisions made in daily life; what food eaten, living arrangements made, medications taken and medical advice listened to. A nurse must be knowledgeable and respectful of these diverse cultures and understand their importance when providing care. This understanding helps to build a strong nurse/patient relationship, increasing patient compliance, which ensures positive outcomes are met. Patients who are satisfied
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They do not visit the doctor unless they are extremely ill. Family and work are important values.
Assessment
Family appeared to be very important in all the assessments. Religion was important in two of the families and was included in celebrations. Chronic disease was noted in two of the groups, and two groups saw a doctor regularly. The family from Nova Scotia appeared to be the healthier family. Interestingly this family did not place a value on work or careers. Most of the Spanish groups family members resided in Puerto Rico and every effort were made to see them regularly. Family plays an important part in each group and must be considered when planning nursing care. The Spanish group did not see a doctor regularly. In this family, money was scarce and visits to the doctor were not made unless critically ill. In the first group, chronic disease affects a large number of family members and the emphasis today is on prevention, with the focus on diet and genetics. It is important not to have any prejudices, to treat all families with respect, keeping the lines of communication open and not to stereotype. Health and illness affect all families and are experienced by each individual uniquely. Each one has the right to culturally competent nursing care. All nurses should recognize cultural diversity and integrate this knowledge, as they provide appropriate care in a professional, respectful manner. Communication is essential. Asking

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