Heritage Assessment Essay

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Heritage Assessment

Latasha Rice, WCC- RN

Grand Canyon University: NRS 429v

Date: 8/31/2012

What is a heritage assessment? A heritage assessment is a subpart to the overall nursing assessment. Assessing a patient’s heritage allows the nurse to obtain more information about a patient’s culture, including beliefs about health and values, this is important to providing cultural health care. One’s heritage includes information about their cultural beliefs and practices of the family and ethno religious community (Jarvis, C., 2012). Through a heritage assessment the nurse can
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| Eating cactus to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, using herbal remedies such as garlic for heart health, getting enough sleep and rest, taking vitamins, and taking in plenty of calories | Never go to bed with wet hair (to prevent cold and fever), never go into the street after a warm shower (to prevent stroke), and the use of curanderos (healers), states that the family hardly has health insurance due to income level. | After giving birth the women should stay tightly wrapped and apply alcohol to the abdomen to restore the body to pre- baby shape, using clove to relieve a toothache, drinking the of raw corn to relieve kidney stones |

Caucasian American(S.H. Shelton, personal communication, August 18, 2012). | Taking vitamins for tissue health, GI health, migraines, skin, hair , nails, and heart health | Wearing a seatbelt every time you enter a car, do not smoke, and wearing sun screen | Rest, sufficient caloric intake, do not treat fevers < 102, zinc cough drops, vitamin C, family does not go to the doctor unless extremely necessary |

Last to be discussed are the common health traditions among the three families interviewed, in comparison to the author’s traditions. For health maintenance, from the information gathered, all three cultures use vitamins for maintaining health. Now, the health protection section was actually very different among the cultures discussed, but all had the common goal of protecting the family’s health.

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