Essay about The And Orthodox Jewish Patients

961 Words Sep 19th, 2015 4 Pages
The nurse’s role in ensuring culturally competent healthcare is well illustrated by the unique expectations of Hispanic and Orthodox Jewish patients. These populations differ a great deal in terms of size and geographic distribution. A 2013 study conducted by The Pew Research Center estimates that there are around 530,000 Orthodox Jews living in the United States, with the majority living in urban areas of the North East (“A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” 2013, p. 23, 46, 49). On the other hand, “17% of the U.S total population,” or “roughly 54 million” American residents come from Spanish-speaking backgrounds, and reside in all 50 states (“Hispanic or Latino Populations,” 2014). A culturally competent nurse will be able to recognize and provide for the needs of these populations equally.
While Spanish-speaking or “Hispanic” cultures are extraordinarily diverse in terms of origin, beliefs, norms, and values, “there is a number of unifying cultural themes or patterns that underlie health care beliefs and values shared by most Latino groups” (Alford and Espino, 2010, p. 255). Of these shared themes, familial obligation (familismo), social structure (jerarquismo), and masculine authority (machismo) may be most applicable to culturally sensitive health care providers, as they dictate many health-related choices and interactions. Orthodox Jewish cultures of all denominational variations are strictly organized around and unified by religious law. This governs gender relations,…

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