Essay On Culture And Spiritual Care
Ocean County College
A Nurse’s Role in Providing Cultural and Spiritual Care to Patients
The United States is known as a melting pot. It has one of the most diverse populations in the world. From the very beginning of our country’s history, immigrants have stepped foot on our shores bringing with them their cultural and spiritual beliefs and traditions. In her article on Understanding American Culture, Millet (2013) states that immigrants came to America looking for religious freedom, new opportunities and a better life for their families. They were eager to assimilate into the American society. In present day, however, things are slightly different. While …show more content…
If it is not addressed it will likely be neglected in practice. Rushton (2014) refers to a survey where 68% of nurses stated they did not receive adequate spirituality training and education. Although nurses understand the importance of spiritual care, they do not feel prepared to meet the spiritual needs of their patients.
While providing patient centered care, the nurse has an opportunity to also meet their patient’s cultural and spiritual needs. This enhances the patient’s healthcare experience. By addressing these needs in their patients, a nurse is establishing trust and promoting a sense of wellbeing.
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