The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down Essay

1576 Words Nov 3rd, 2014 7 Pages
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is a book that highlights the struggles between two cultures in healthcare. The lack of understanding and communication lead to a medical tragedy for Hmong child Lia Lee. The story starts with the Lee’s forced immigration to America and talks about Lia being born with epilepsy. As the story unfolds there are many challenges that both cultures face in attempt to provide the best care for Lia. The family has very strong religious and cultural beliefs and the Western medicine only see the biomedicine side of the care Lia needs. There are lots of opportunities for changes and improved care. Looking at the Guidelines for implementing culturally competent care and the Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice will identify some of the issues and how they can be addressed when caring for different cultures. In the end there is no one side to blame as it is clear that the lack of understanding of the different cultures and communication played a significant role in Lia’s outcome.
The Standards of Culturally competent care in nursing practice were constructed by a task force of the Expert Panel for Global Nursing and Health of the American Academy of Nursing and members of the Transcultural Nursing Society. The purpose of the project was to define the a set of standards that can be applied by nurses around the world in areas including clinical practice, research, education, and administration, and the nurses that…

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