Examples Of Cultural Challenges I Faced In My Community Health Project

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Cultural Challenges I Faced in My Community Health Project Having a culturally diverse group of a population, posed several challenges, that if not recognized early on, would critically impact the success of our community health program. As cited by Nies and McEwen (2015) it is important that community health nurses “understand the diversity or differences that occur in families, groups, neighborhoods, communities, and public and community health care organizations” (Nies & McEwen, 2015, p. 221). I felt handicapped and culturally challenged each time I met with my group. However, I know that there are other nurses like me, who had and will have the challenge to “provide culturally competent care to a diverse patient population” (Hart & …show more content…
As discussed by Kai (2005) “Communication is sometimes more challenging with those who are different from us. To communicate successfully, we may need to be willing to accept the discomfort of unfamiliarity and uncertainty” (p. 31). With the language barrier, I found it difficult to connect with the patients and gain their trust, even with the help of Gladys, my key informant/interpreter. Although, I must admit, that I would have not made any progress without Gladys. I also have recognized, as discussed by Nies and McEwen (2015) “Although the nurse is in charge of the client-nurse interaction, the interpreter is an important member of the health care team” ((Nies & McEwen, 2015, p. 233). On the other hand, as cautioned by Kai …show more content…
It was a matter of “stepping back, being humble, and listening to” (Hendson, Reis, & Nicholas, 2015, 23) each member’s perspectives. In so doing, I was able to portray a sensitive and responsive stance to the reality of the group (Hendson, et al., 2015). Another way I dealt with the cultural challenge, was to work closely with Gladys, my key informant/interpreter. I gathered as much information about each member of the group, with the realization that people come from different background and adhere to different norms and standards related to health care (Hendson, et al., 2015). Lastly, I established a relationship with and demonstrated respect of each individual client by engaging in informal conversation prior to the meeting. Relationship building, as cited by Hendson, et al., (2015) is “an aspect of care that was found to be rewarding. Regardless of the cultural background of the families, health care providers described the importance of forging genuine relationships, being respectful of all individuals, and empowering parents. (p.

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